Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 16th, 2017
MISSING British explorer Benedict Allen has been found alive.
He was located late on Tuesday in an isolated and mountainous area of Papua New Guinea where he vanished three weeks ago, reports The Sun.
Father of three Allen, 57, was trying to locate a lost tribe in dense jungle when he got lost, leaving his family frantic with worry.
The Sun spoke to a missionary in remote East Sepik province who confirmed Benedict had been found safe and well.
Keith Copley, of the New Tribes Mission, told The Sun: “I can confirm that Benedict has not been able to get out of the bush yet.
“He is located at the Hewa airstrip 32 kilometres west northwest of Porgera. He is healthy but requesting to be rescued.”
My Copley added: “The problem we have is that communication is really bad so I can’t physically speak to him, so the locals he are with are trekking two hours to make calls to me. He wants to be flown out and that’s what we are trying to sort out.
“The British High Commission is aware of this and they are working with me on it. He is in the best place right now, if he moves he could come across some rascal activity, people who will take advantage of him and who are dangerous.’’
Mr Copley added: “The area is very remote. There is a small airstrip in the area and Benedict would have to go there to catch a plane.
“At the moment he is just waiting for a helicopter to pick him up but they won’t fly unless they are paid the $10,000 for the trip.
“I’m sure people are raising funds for him now back home to get him out but he can’t go anywhere as the bridge down from where he is also out.”
Mr Allen’s friends and family have questioned why he refused to enter the Papua New Guinea jungle — said to be among the most inhospitable terrain in the world — without a GPS or satellite beacon.
Allen’s friend Frank Gardner, the BCC Security Correspondent, said: “I’ve got to say I’m quite annoyed with him as his friend. He left with no plan, he had no evacuation plan, he didn’t give anybody any idea of where he was going.”
His sister Katie Pestille warned: “When he comes home we’ll give him hell for not taking something.”
And Papua New Guinea survival guide Charlie Lynn said: “I’ve been going up there for 26 years now and I would never, ever — and I’ve been in some hairy situations — go in there without some exit devices.”
Meanwhile, Mr Copley warned it could take a couple of days to get Mr Allen out.
He said: “The rivers are completely swollen and so the terrain is not very good plus as I said earlier there are dangerous people out there who would take advantage of him.
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