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Sand, Stone and a Shiver

‘Let’s go down.’ Where? I wonder. Despite hands like gnarled roots, his touch is light on the controls. Bertus eases the little plane through a scarf of fog that stretches all along the northern coast of Namibia – the Skeleton Coast.

We fly low over the carcass of another wrecked ship; the wind and waves, like vultures with ragged black sails, still picking over it. The wind has no regrets about the death it has aided, it rages and the sea reacts, not to be outdone. Bertus tips the Cessna into a swooping curve and turns inland. The fog clears and I press my nose to the window looking for signs of life. All I see is the plane’s shadow as it dances below on an ocean of sand. The sand rises into a sea of giant waves, ever poised but never breaking, enormous apricot undulations scrolling away to a seemingly limitless beyond. We go lower and lower. The plane skims the sandy crests. I grip my knees. There is nowhere to land. Surely he isn’t…?

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