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David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet crew ‘barely escape with lives’ after boat capsizes in Peru

Two crew members on David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet crew ‘barely escaped with their lives’ after their boat capsized in Peru.

A third member was also rushed back to the UK after getting covered in 70 inch-long spines from an underwater palm.

The team were filming fire-ants which survive floods in the Amazon by cleverly building a raft using their own bodies.

Assistant producer Toby Nowlan and cameraman John Brown were returning to the river port of Nauta, with all of their filming equipment, when the horrific incident unfolded.

It was only when the boat became overwhelmed by the ferocious current that it capsized.

At the time, the duo only had time to grab their passports, before they narrowly escaped by swimming away.

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Cameraman Alex got covered in pines (Picture: Instagram/@alexvail08)
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The crew barely escaped with their lives (Picture: PA)

‘We escaped through the upturned hatch and swam to the edge of the river,’ Toby began.

‘All 40 cases of filming equipment were on board. Many floated downstream and many flooded despite their waterproof guarantees. We lost a lot but everyone was unscathed.’

As a result of their quick escape, unfortunately, Toby and John lost all of their equipment in the accident.

However, luckily for them they had already backed up all of their footage on hard-drives, which they were able to rescue from the river.

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The team had a lucky escape in Peru (Picture: Instagram/@alexvail08)

‘They were the most important thing to save after human life and miraculously they survived,’ Toby added to the Daily Mirror.

Another incident that occurred during their trip was when cameraman Alex Vail got covered in 70 inch-long spines as he waded neck-deep in a river.

While his colleagues were able to pull many of the thorns from his body some had snapped off in his skin, which put him at risk of serious infection.

To ensure he got the correct treatment, Alex was immediately flown back to the UK.

In the latest episode of A Perfect Planet, Sir David explored how weather controls the distribution of freshwater on Earth, which in turn shapes the lives of animals in diverse habitats around the globe.

A Perfect Planet: Weather returns on Sunday at 8pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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