Overdue British explorer ‘alive and well,’ friend says

British explorer Benedict Allen was seen in Papua New Guinea on Thursday, days after he went missing in the rugged island nation.

Explorer Benedict Allen (R) has been sighted in Papua New Guinea after disappearing for days, a friend said Thursday. Photo courtesy Frank Gardner/Twitter
Explorer Benedict Allen (R) has been sighted in Papua New Guinea after disappearing for days, a friend said Thursday. Photo courtesy Frank Gardner/Twitter

Allen, 57, was spotted near an airstrip “alive and well” according to a tweet by friend Frank Gardner.

“He has been sighted alive and well near a remote airstrip in Papua New Guinea having trekked vast distances,” Gardner said. “He has requested rescue and efforts are underway to get him out.

“This is only a reported sighting, but it is the second sighting and it’s a tribal commission that has been looking for him and they have reported him in.”

Allen was dropped into the forests of the island north of Australia last month to search for the reclusive, mountain-dwelling Yaifo tribe and was expected to leave the country on Monday.

His sister said he didn’t call or catch his flight, leading to a search for the explorer — who chooses to travel alone without a GPS device or cellphone.

Gardner also wrote on Twitter that Allen was not “out of danger” yet because he’s “marooned” at an airstrip where tribal fighting has blocked the road.

By Sara Shayanian