British couple stuck in Amazon to be rescued

21st September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Brazilian authorities mounted a rescue effort Wednesday to save a British couple "experiencing difficulties" in the Amazon jungle, a spokesman for the British consulate in Rio de Janeiro said.

The couple -- who the spokesman declined to identify until the result of the rescue attempt was known -- got into trouble Tuesday in a ravine near the northern city of Manaus.

They raised the alarm by phoning their family in Britain, which relayed the information to the British embassy in Brazil, he said.

He declined to provide any details about the couple until the result of the rescue attempt was known. An honorary British council in Manaus was liaising with local authorities.

British media, however, reported that the couple were in their 60s and were trapped in their recreational vehicle (motorhome) when a bridge they were driving over collapsed.

The BBC News website said the couple were thought to be from London and had been traveling around South America for the past four years. It reported that the two were not seriously injured.

The BBC and the London Evening Standard newspaper identified the pair as Bruce Scott, a photographer, and Lesley Norris, a former flight attendant.

A website they ran,, described their vehicle as a Mercedes Unimog -- a four-wheel drive truck meant for rough terrain that was converted to carry a sleeping cabin.

The last entry on their blog, posted September 15, said they were on their way to Manaus and that the weather was "unseasonably hot."

© 2011 AFP

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