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SOS: Couple stuck in Brazil ravine rescued after they rang relatives at home in Britain

A couple whose vehicle got stuck down a ravine in Brazil were rescued after they rang relatives in the UK who then informed their local coastguard.

The pair, in their early 60s, rang a member of their family in Eastbourne, East Sussex, last night after their mobile home became trapped in a remote area of the Amazon rainforest, around 200 miles south west of the city of Manaus.

Their relative then rang Dover Coastguard, who forwarded their details on to Falmouth Coastguard, which acts as the international liaison station for the UK.

Fred Caygill of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said staff at Falmouth Coastguard then contacted the relevant authorities in Brazil.

He said the couple, from London, have been travelling around South America for the past four years and were uninjured in the incident.

A helicopter team was being sent out to rescue them today.

Mr Caygill said: "It's not the first time we've assisted people across the world.

"This is a bit unusual for us as it's not of a maritime nature, but there are no boundaries in search and rescue."