Ruediger Nehberg

Ruediger Nehberg

Ruediger Nehberg, German survival pioneer and human rights activist has died.

He died on Wednesday. He was 84 years old.

News of his death was announced by his wife and later confirmed by one of Nehberg’s associations.

Popularly known as ”Sir Vival” for his tireless high-risk exploits, Nehberg made headlines when he attempted to cross the Atlantic on one-man bamboo raft.


Nehberg helped the indigenous Yanomami people in the Brazilian rainforest, whose habitat was severely endangered by gold prospectors.

He also campaigned for disadvantaged people and raised awareness for their causes.

Nehberg and his wife later campaigned against the custom of genital mutilation of young girls in parts of Africa and Asia.