Saturday 24 February 2018

Coastguard? We're stuck in Brazil

A couple trapped in a ravine in Brazil are being rescued after phoning relatives in Eastbourne
A couple trapped in a ravine in Brazil are being rescued after phoning relatives in Eastbourne

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, on Tuesday 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, 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.

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."

The couple, later named as Bruce Scott and Lesley Norris, were rescued from the scene by a helicopter, an MCA spokesman later confirmed.

On a website set up to document their travels, the couple write that former British Airways stewardess Ms Norris planned to practise her Spanish while in South America, while it says Mr Scott has been a photographer for 20 years.

It also refers to their "treasured" Unimog vehicle in which they were travelling.

A post reads: "This is both our transport and our home, complete with double bed and porcelain flushing toilet. What more could you want when travelling?"

Press Association

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