Bogota:A group of four children, who had been missing in the Colombian Amazon rain forest following a plane crash, have been found alive by the rescue team. The heartening discovery came after an arduous 40-day search. President Gustavo Petro himself officially confirmed the news.
“A joy for the whole country, the four children who were lost 40 days ago in the Colombian jungle appeared alive,” Petro informed on Twitter. He further shared the pictures of the children with the rescue team.
The Cessna 206 plane, carrying a total of seven individuals, including the children, crashed due to engine failure on May 1. Three adults, including the pilot and the children’s mother, lost their lives in the accident. Their bodies were discovered near the wreckage. However, the children, aged 13, 9, 4, and just 11 months old, could not be located.
The dedicated rescue team stumbled upon signs of the children’s presence in the dense forest, uncovering remnants of fruits that they may have eaten for survival. Additionally, hair clips of children, a feeding bottle, and an improvised shelter made with jungle vegetation were found. These vital clues propelled an intensified search effort, marshalling the combined forces of over a hundred soldiers and expertly trained dogs. The children were found after a coordinated search conducted by the military helicopters and air force of Colombia.