A 4-year-old boy has managed to survive alone for six days after getting lost in a Kenyan bush teeming with predators.
The young boy from the town of Asa was miraculously unharmed, despite straying more than 11 miles from his home into the wilderness infested with jackals and hyenas.
The young boy went missing in a storm after a day herding cattle with his brothers on Nov. 28. During the severe weather, the boy became separated from his siblings and got lost in the Kenyan bush.
After being alone for six days, the young boy was finally found after a search party was deployed to find him. He was spotted from the air by pilot Roan Carr-Hartley who worked for the nearby Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
After being alone for six days, the young boy was finally found after a search party was deployed to find him. He was spotted from the air by pilot Roan Carr-Hartley in the Kenyan wilderness
A search party of 70 men fanned through the wild undergrowth in search of the little boy. They are photographed from above by pilot Roan Carr-Hartley
Pilot Roan Carr-Hartley captured the miraculous moment when the boy, who had been lost for six days, was reunited with the village’s searchers
The day after, with the boy still not returning home, the head of the boy’s Asa community called Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to ask if they would help their 70-person search find the boy and get him home safely. to bring.
The chief had heard from a neighboring village that the Wildlife Trust had helped them find a lost child a few days earlier, using an aircraft to locate them from the air.
Pilot Roan Carr-Hartley, writing a blog post about the incident, said he went looking for the boy early the next morning.
“By the time I was over my head,” he wrote, “a search party of 70 men was blowing through the wild undergrowth looking for the little boy. I had a rough lead of the search team’s location given to me by the chief. The party had followed the boy to an area seven kilometers from his village, but then the tracks began to become illegible.’
For four hours, the pilot scanned the area with no luck, discovering only packs of hyenas and jackals.
Members of the search run for the lost boy in amazing footage shot by pilot Roan Carr-Hartley
Members of the search party hug the young boy who had survived on his own in the unforgiving wilderness filled with predators
“It was an unforgiving environment for someone to be alone, let alone such a young child,” Carr-Hartley wrote.
The only consolation of good news was that it had recently rained, which meant at least the boy would have access to water.
After a long period in the air, the pilot flew back to base to refuel before taking off again for another three and a half hours.
Carr-Hartley said, “It seemed a hopeless search for a little boy in such a vast expanse of wilderness. There have been times when I haven’t been able to find a particular elephant for a week, let alone a four-year-old.’
But even though it had rained again that night, which meant the lost boy might find water, the weather had covered its tracks. The search party lost hope.
Then, five days later after the boy disappeared, the pilot received another call from the chief telling him that they had found tracks again – a whopping 9 miles from his home.
“Hope was rekindled and I was incredibly eager to keep searching,” Carr-Hartley wrote. “I kept thinking about the poor little guy out there and wanted to do everything I could to find him – even though it seemed like an impossible mission.”
As soon as the sun rose the next day, Carr-Hartley was back in the air, determined to find the young boy, with the search party still on foot.
After an hour of searching for the boy, “a miracle happened.”
Carr-Hartley recalled his relief: “From my left wing I saw a small figure below me surrounded by a mass of bushes and trees.”
‘I couldn’t believe my eyes, but there he was: a little boy surrounded by endless wilderness. I was in shock that he was alive and walking.’
Understandably frightened, the young boy initially hid from the plane, taking cover under bushes and trees. The heroic pilot said the boy was “obviously hypoglycemic and stumbled while walking.”
Hero pilot Roan Carr-Hartley is pictured with the search team after working together to bring the young boy home
The young boy is miraculously reunited with his family and the members of his village, who rejoice at his return
He circled tightly around his plane, trying to attract the attention of the searchers on foot, with no other way to communicate with them.
To his relief, three members of the search party appeared, so Carr-Hartley reached out of his plane to point to the boy and take pictures of the miraculous reunion.
Finally they got to the boy, who was still frozen in disbelief that his ordeal was over. When they reached him, they lifted him above their shoulders and began to cheer and sing. It was a sight that made me well up as I watched from above.”
Carr-Hartley then went back to the boy’s village to help celebrate his return.
“When I showed his mother the pictures of her son, she burst into tears. She couldn’t believe he was alive and was overwhelmed with emotion.’
The search party had carried the boy home, as is their custom, singing songs of thanksgiving and blessings. Covered in mosquito bites and scratches from thorn bushes, the boy was watered and put on a slow IV while doctors watched him.
Carr-Hartley received a goat as a gift from the elders of the community and flew back home.
A few days later, Car-Hartley received an update from the boy’s parents, who told him the boy had made a good recovery. In honor of his heroic efforts, they added “Roan” to the boy’s name and his friends nicknamed him “Pilot.”