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2 park rangers lost for 44 hours in Chiquibul Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

The Nation of Belize and a set of two families can now breathe a sense of relief after two rangers who have been missing since Monday, have been found. Park Manager Luis Ramirez and Ranger Elroy Villanueva were being debriefed as of 3:00 pm on Wednesday by relevant authorities.

A combined effort from the Belize Defense Force, the Belize Police Department and Forestry located the men in good health in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. They were both found about 1:30 pm, some 2.5 kilometers Northwest of Caracol and four kilometers East of the Guatemala border.

Apparently they got lost when they went into the jungle to look for a fruit ‘pakaya’ which is a celery type vegetable.

At about 4p.m. on Monday the 2 park rangers Luis Ernesto Ramirez 43 year old of San Jose Succutz village and Elroy Dale Villanueva 21 year old of Lucky Strike Village went into the Chiquibul reserve looking for pakaya but did not return as expected. That set off a coordinated approach to find them with BDF and police officers being deployed into the area. 44 hours later they would be found and were taken to the San Ignacio Hospital where they were examined and were found to be in good health.

Speaking to Channel 7 News shortly after being examined the men say they went into the jungle on a known track but took another one and got lost. They explain an ordeal of suffering through Monday night with constant rain beating on them. On the second night they made a makeshift shelter with palm leaves.