Four Colombian children from an indigenous community who survived a plane crash have been found alive after being lost five weeks in the jungle.
GNN reported two weeks ago about the plight of four Colombian children who miraculously survived a plane crash that killed all three adults on board.
At the time, rescuers were hot on their trail, and unconfirmed reports said they might have been found deep in the Guaviare province, but now the military rescue squad who had found cast-away items they were using to survive, finally managed to locate the youths and bring them home after a harrowing 5 weeks in the jungle.
Sounding like the beginning of a young adult novel series, the crash took place on May 1st on a route between the cities of Araracuara, in Amazonas province, and San Jose del Guaviare, a city in Guaviare province.
It took 2 weeks for Colombian military and rescue units to locate the crashed Cessna 206 light aircraft.
The units followed a trail of cast-away items, including a baby bottle, hair scrunchies, scissors, and plastic wrapping, to several areas where the children, aged 13, 9, and 4, along with a 12-month-old baby, sheltered and found food to eat.
Narcizo Mucutuy, the grandfather of the three girls and one boy, told reporters he was delighted at the news of their rescue.
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“As the grandfather to my grandchildren who disappeared in the jungles of the Yari, at this moment I am very happy,” he said.
“A joy for the whole country!” Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro said in a message via Twitter.
The children had some knowledge of where to look for food and shelter from their indigenous backgrounds.
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