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This is the single-news section of the marathonrally.com special of the Rainforest Challenge 2007, the hardest off-road trophy worldwide. To see all news please use the link under the article or navigate with the left main-navigation.

Rainforest 2007: Teams escaped from jungle, convoy still stuck.

After the weather did not change on Friday and during the night the press and organization convoy is still stuck in front of a river. On Saturday morning the waterlevel seemed to be passable but it rose again after heavy rainfalls.

A few people who were getting nervous about their flights back like a Chinese Television team or uneasy with the weather situation left the camp today. The organization arranged a transport for them. Quite adventurously they were towed one by one on a steel cable over the river followed by their luggage. So after 2 hours the Chinese TV crew, the entire Hungarian press team and two Danish trophy followers were waving goodbye cheerfully from the opposite site of the river. Maybe too early as the local guides state. A successful passage is only certain until the next small village. The condition of the rest of the track is unknown. So if things go worse the escapers will find themselves again in front of another river.

A few kiloneters behind almost all competitors have managed to leave the jungle after the cancellation of the Twilight Zone passage. They are currently waiting in the old camp from Wednesday where the organizer Luis J.A. Wee and the organization HQ is waiting and expected to arrive today at the current campsite.

"Five vehicles are still in the jungle" reports Wee via radio, "the rest arrived at the HQ camp. The photographers who tried to cross the Twilight Zone by foot have also returned to the same camp."

However - they have the same problem as the rest of the convoy. Being only about 5 kilometers away from the stuck convoy they will have to pass two more rivers before arriving at the end of the queue.

The food supplies still last for some days. Cooked rain water is used for drinking. The situation is most critical for the numerous smokers who have run out of cigarettes. The persons around them are suffering too as everyone can experience here how normal humans tend to become totally different persons without their required smokes. Not food, water or the flights back home are the top concern - wild plans how cigarettes could be brought from somewhere over the river into the camp are the prime choice of discussion at the moment. In the meantime the unaffected rest of the convoy is sure that civilization and society as we know it would cease to exist if from tomorrow on there were no more cigarettes on this planet.

At the moment the situation remains unclear. Everyone hopes that the rain will stop and the water level sink so that the river can be passed. The RFC ends on the 11. December. Until then the organization officially has time to come up with a solution for the current situation.

Article from 08.12.2007, marathonrally.com/mr/hs

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