British couple rescued in Amazon
A British couple who got trapped in the Amazon jungle were rescued unhurt by Brazilian authorities Wednesday after making a desperate call to relatives in Britain, officials said.
Bruce Scott and Lesley Norris, both in their 60s, got into "difficulties" Tuesday when a bridge they were crossing near the city of Manaus collapsed, sending their recreational vehicle (motorhome) plunging into a ravine, according to the British consulate in Rio de Janeiro.
Norris called her family in Britain with their location and Brazilian authorities scrambled a helicopter Wednesday to assist them.
The couple were being taken to a hospital in Manaus for a checkup.
They both appeared to be "in good shape," a consulate spokesman told AFP, adding that a consular officer in Manaus was extending any help they required.
Scott and Morris had been traveling around South America for four years in a Mercedes Unimog, a four-wheel drive truck meant for rough terrain they had converted to carry a sleeping cabin.
The last blog entry on a website run by the couple, treadtheworld.com, posted a week ago, described their journey to Manaus and the "unseasonably hot" Amazonian weather.
© 2011 AFP