British Woman Vanishes On Amazon River River Notorious For Pirate Attacks

by Leon Thompson September 21, 2017, 0:10
British Woman Vanishes On Amazon River River Notorious For Pirate Attacks

In a statement, police said they had arrested two 17-year-old boys under suspicion of murdering Ms Kelty.

She had spoken of the risks she expected to encounter in her epic trip, telling BBC Surrey how the trip would be about "minimising the risk".

"Turned corner and found 50 guys in motor boats with arrows!", she wrote on September 12th, just a day before she posted her last ever tweet.

Emma Kelty, 43, from Finchley, north London, had pitched her tent on the banks on a notoriously unsafe stretch of the Solimoes River last week when the gang attacked.

"So in or near Coari [100km away] I will have my boat stolen and I will be killed too".

Brazilian police have confirmed the death of a British woman who disappeared while kayaking in the Amazon.

But she sent out a distress signal the next day, September 13, as she neared Coari on the Solimões river, an area in northwestern Brazil known for pirate attacks and drug traffickers.

The siblings of Emma Kelty, in a statement released by the U.K. Foreign Office, described the family's pride in their "active and determined sister".

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"In a world that is today a much smaller place, the explorer in our sister found herself seeking ways to prove that challenges were achievable". My face mist hve been a picture!

While Emma has not been found, her belongings were found on the shore with her orange kayak, with local police saying criminals had been trying to sell off some of the items. "(Town was uber quiet. too quiet!) all go".

"They said they cut her up and threw her in the river, but that those who did it are two other men who are still on the run and hiding in the jungle", said military police commander Coronel Alonso Ramos, according to the Evening Standard.

The British canoeist was writing about the journey on Twitter, and presented herself as the "sixth woman to ski alone to the South Pole".

He had met Ms Kelty before her trip to help her plan the journey.

Olie Hunter Smart, an explorer who completed a similar route in 2015, said Coari was an area known for its danger.

Mr Smart, who is now walking the length of India, said: "The Emma that I met was an incredibly fearless and courageous person who lived life to the full".

'My thoughts go out to her close friends and family at this very sad time'.


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