Land Rover Owner International contributor Peter Crichton is currently travelling through Brazil on the same RB37 road that British couple Lesley Norris and Bruce Scott crashed off into an Amazon ravine. They were rescued when they used a satellite phone to contact relatives in the UK, who then called the coastguard.
As Peter has just passed through the area, the British Consul in Manaus has been in touch with him to ask if he has any suggestions about recovering the couple’s converted Mercedes Unimog camper. The Brazillian navy had rescued the couple by helicopter, leaving the vehicle to be rescued separately.
Peter tells us that he had recorded the GPS location of each of the 137 bridges on the RB137, rating them on an A-B-C scale. ‘C was very dangerous and there were five of those. B was dodgy, and A was OK. The couple, who were heading north, had hit the first of the five grade C bridges on my list. If they had got over that one, there were four more ahead in the same condition. I bypassed that bridge by finding a way through the ravine without using the bridge, which was OK since the river bed was dry.’
You can read Peter’s tales of his South American adventure in LRO during the new year.