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British tourists taken hostage in Amazon

British tourists taken hostage in Amazon

Boat passengers held in Peru, which include a ‘very small number’ of British nationals, have been released.

The tourists were held in a remote area of the Amazon after they were ‘caught up’ in a protest.

One passenger told the BBC how they were running out of food and water, with conditions ‘starting to deteriorate’.

She had been travelling on river boats along other tourists from France, Spain and Switzerland when they were detained on the Cuninico river.

A group, thought to be from an indigenous community, had held the boats in protest over a lack of government action to tackle oil spills in the river.

But the tourists have now been released after discussions were held to secure their safety.

The group’s chief Watson Trujillo announced the end of the hostage.

He told RPP Noticias: ‘The right and respect for life must prevail, in this context, we are going to provide the facilities so that the people who are on the boat can move to their destinations.’

Britons among 70 people held by community members of Cuninico after oil spill neglected by the Government in Peru's Amazon rainforest
British tourists were among the 70 people held in an area of the Amazon rainforest in Peru
Scenes as tourists , of a group of 70 travellers, from France, Spain, the US and Switzerland were held up on their river boat in Peru's Amazon rainforest / Source: INTERNET Brits among 70 tourists held hostage by tribe on boat in Amazon rainforest The detained tourists in the Amazon rainforest in Peru include citizens from the United States, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, and include women and children
The group was made up of tourists from Britain, Spain and France and Switzerland (Picture: RPP News)

Earlier this evening, the Peruvian Ombudsman’s Office tweeted: ‘After dialogue with the APU of the Cuninico communities, our request was accepted to release people who remained in boats held in protest against contamination after #Oil Spill in the Marañón River.’

The discussions also included British authorities.

A ‘very small number’ of British nationals were said to be among the group of tourists trapped, the Foreign Office said earlier.

A spokesperson had said in a statement: ‘We are in contact with the local authorities and a very small number of British nationals involved in an incident in Peru.’

According to local reports by TV Peru Noticias, indigenous Cuninico people had demanded their government finds a solution to the oil leak and declare a ‘state of emergency’.

One protester told the channel: ‘We are asking that they can declare a state of emergency in the Urarinas area for the oil contamination taking place in our territory.

‘We ask that a high-level commission, presided over by the president of the republic, can get here.’

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