British couple rescued in Amazon

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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,, posted a week ago, described their journey to Manaus and the "unseasonably hot" Amazonian weather.

© 2011 AFP

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