Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

Former Marion Island expeditioner drowns in Canal Walk accident

The former meteorologist was an inspiration to many for his attitude towards life and drive to help others.

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Former Marion Island team leader Graham Clark has died as a result of falling into the Canal outside of a shopping centre in Cape Town.

Clark was wheelchair bound having suffered a stroke in that left him paralyzed from the mouth down. He had been a resident of Eric Miles Cheshire Home in Milnerton for 33 years. The home confirmed his death in a Facebook post memorializing their beloved resident on Thursday.

The former Marion Island expedition leader and his carer were said to have spotted some ducks outside of Canal Walk. Clark’s carer left him in his chair in what he believed to be a safe place as he went to retrieve some weet-bix to feed the birds. On his way back the carer heard a splash and ran to aid his charge out of the water of the canal outside the shopping centre but his actions were not enough to save Clark, who could not be resuscitated.

A meteorologist by specialization Clark took part in a number of expeditions to the remote Marion Island, and did significant work in promoting the research work done there.

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Graham with the Bullard Beach trypot on Marion Island
PHOTO: Marion Island/Facebook

Clark was an inspiration to many for his efforts to make himself literate once more through a voice communication device. similar to the one used by the late Stephen Hawking. He championed the cause of Interface, a non-profit organisation that supports children and adults who have little or no functional speech.

In a tribute to him posted on Facebook Shona McDonald said:
“Graham played a major role in influencing and inspiring the launch and establishment of Interface. Memories of his determination, outstanding sense of humor and red roses will remain with me for ever.  Respect Graham Respect”

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40th Marion Overwintering Team 1983

Back: M. Boekstein (Meteorologist), S. Chown (Biol assistant), J. Crafford (Biologist), G. Saunders (Birder), M. Brooke (Biologist), F. Munnik (Radio technician), C. Gilbert (Biol assistant), S. Atkinson (Birder), B. Stead (Biol assistant), G. Clarke (Meteorologist), C. van Rooyen (Medic)

Front: J. van Niekerk (Senior meteorologist), D. May (Diesel mechanic), P. Esterhuizen (Team leader / meteorologist), L. Lines (Deputy leader, communicator), B. Birkett (Meteorologist), L. Chevallier (Geologist)

Insert: C. Pretorius (Diesel Mechanic)

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