4 Indigenous Siblings Found Alive After Surviving Amazon Plane Crash and 40 Days Alone in Jungle
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Four Indigenous children survived an Amazon plane crash that killed three adults and then wandered on their own in the jungle for 40 days before being found alive by Colombian soldiers.
The announcement of their rescue on Friday brought a happy ending to a saga that had seized the attention of many Colombians, a watch with highs and lows as searchers frantically combed through the rainforest hunting for the youngsters.
President Gustavo Petro celebrated the news upon returning from Cuba, where he signed a cease-fire with representatives of the National Liberation Army rebel group. He said the children were getting medical attention and he hoped to talk with them Saturday.
The air force evacuated the children on a helicopter that used lines to pull them up because it couldnt land in the dense rainforest where they were found. It said the craft was going to San Jose del Guaviare, a small town on the edge of the jungle, but gave no information on plans for dealing with the youngsters.