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Benedict Allen, British Explorer Searching for Tribe, Found Alive

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Explorer Benedict Allen who went missing after attempting to find an indigenous tribe in Papua New Guinea has been found alive. (Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 16 November 2017 11:07 AM

Benedict Allen, who went missing in Papua New Guinea, has been found alive in a tribal war zone, The Guardian reported, and he is waiting for a rescue party to pick him up.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Allen, a 57-year-old father of three, was at a remote airstrip cut off by tribal fighting, The Guardian said.

“At 5pm local time (PNG) Mr Keith Copley, the coordinating director for New Tribe Mission in Papua New Guinea confirmed in writing that Benedict Allen was safe, well and healthy and is presently located at a remote airstrip 20 miles north-west of Porgera, Enga province,” said a statement from Allen’s agent, Jo Sarsby management, per The Guardian.

It added that a rescue helicopter flight was due to take place “as soon as possible.”

Allen was dropped off by a helicopter pilot in the jungle at Bisorio in PNG’s northwest Central range three weeks ago, The Telegraph reported. He did not take a cell phone with him because he wanted to live like the locals, his family said.

The explorer has been trying to get to the Yaifo tribe, whom he visited 30 years ago. There were many risks involved in the journey, including rough terrain with possible flooding, drug dealers operating along the way, and the Yaifo people themselves, who are suspected of being headhunters who decapitate those they see as a risk and keep the heads as trophies, The Telegraph said.

Allen was expected to be on a flight from the capital of Papua New Guinea to Hong Kong to give a talk to the Royal Geographic Society on Sunday, did not surface. His last tweet contained a warning: “I may be some time (don’t try and rescue me please—where I’m going in PNG you won’t ever find me you know . . .)”

Allen previously disappeared for three months in 1982 when he got lost and reportedly had to eat a dog just to stay alive.

“For everybody else, it’s very exciting — all the expeditions and all the things he does, but for his sister and his wife, it’s more of a worry,” his older sister Katie Pestille, a teacher in Bath, said on BBC Radio.

Twitterers had expressed their concern over Allen’s whereabouts.

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