Tourist is rescued after being lost for five days in a conservation park in Bertioga
A 27-year-old tourist was rescued after being left five days lost in a forested area in the Serra do Mar State Park, in Bertioga, on the coast of São Paulo. Born in Brasília, the man was fined R$10,000 for violating the park’s entry rules, which require monitoring by an environmental monitor.
According to the Forestry Foundation, responsible for managing the area, the man got lost while carrying out an trail in a difficult to access area, located in the mountains on the Mogi-Bertioga highway. The tourist had been lost since last Thursday (27).
According to the Fire Department, the victim contacted the corporation around 6pm on Monday (29). He passed the coordinates to the team, but it was not possible to make a second contact.
Based on the information, the Águia 12 helicopter searched the area and located the man on Tuesday (30). The teams carried out infiltrations with the Search and Rescue Group and removed the tourist from the site using an electric winch.
The man was rescued, with a slightly sprained ankle, and taken to the Mogi das Cruzes Emergency Room. He will also have to pay a fine of R$10,000, due to irregular and unaccompanied access to the park.
The administration also reiterated that the municipality has approximately 85% of its territory dedicated to conservation units or Private Natural Heritage Reserves (RPPN).
Public access to trails, waterfalls and rivers in the areas of Restinga de Bertioga State Park and Serra do Mar State Park is, however, only under supervision of professionals authorized by the Forestry Foundation and the Bertioga Tourism and Culture Secretariat.
Visits to the park trails can be scheduled via the website or directly with the Environmental Monitors Associations, such as the Bertioguense Ecotourism Association (Abeco) at (13) 99728-9614 and the Bertioga Local Monitors Association (Amolb) at ( 13) 99693-7598.