British couple rescued unhurt in Brazilian Amazon

AP News
Posted: Sep 21, 2011 5:43 PM
British couple rescued unhurt in Brazilian Amazon

A British couple were rescued unhurt Wednesday, one day after their motor home fell into a ravine in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, officials said.

The Brazilian navy said the couple used a satellite phone to contact family in England, and the relatives relayed information about their location to British officials, who notified Brazil.

A navy spokeswoman said the motor home driven by Lesley Norris and Bruce Scott fell into the ravine when a small wooden bridge collapsed. She would not give her name, in keeping with a navy policy that its spokesmen comment anonymously.

The accident occurred Tuesday 124 miles (200 kilometers) from Manaus, capital of the jungle state of Amazonas, and the pair were rescued Wednesday morning.

They reported no injuries but were taken to a hospital in Manaus for observation. Phone calls to the hospital seeking to contact them went unanswered.

The navy spokeswoman said Norris and Scott have been traveling around Latin America for about four years. The spokeswoman said it was unclear if the motor home would be recovered or if the couple planned to continue with their tour.

The British consulate in Rio de Janeiro confirmed the couple had been rescued in the Amazon, but decline to provide any other details. It said Britain's honorary consul in Manaus would meet with the couple.