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British couple rescued from Brazil

23 September 2011 09:31

The couple were stranded in the Amazon rainforest

The couple were stranded in the Amazon rainforest

A couple from London have been rescued uninjured from a Brazilian ravine after putting in a mayday call to relatives back home.

Bruce Scott and Lesley Norris, both in their 60s, were at the latest stage of their four-year South American travelling expedition when their motorhome became trapped in a remote area, 200 miles south west of the city of Manaus.

The unforeseen incident really hammers home the importance of a travel insurance policy - particularly when heading out into the wilds of the Amazon rainforest.

The couple called their relatives back home in Eastbourne, who then raised the alarm with the coastguard.

The call eventually reached Falmouth Coastguard, the international liaison station for Britain, which then alerted relevant authorities in Brazil.

Fred Caygill of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) 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."