Loïc Pillois and Guilhem Nayral
On a 60 miles trek to Saul, 34 Loic Pillois and Guilhem Nayral got lost in the French Guyana, a French overseas department bordering Brazil and Venezuela. Once they realized they were lost, they built a shelter and remained put for three weeks, lighting fires, hoping they’d attract attention. The forest’s thick canopy prevented helicopters from viewing them.
For three weeks they walked three hours a day until Mr Pillois reached Saul. He’d previously heard a plane and thought they were mere days away from it. On Thursday morning, Mr Pillois reached the village and told them where to find his friend.
Martin Andre, from the gendarmerie of Cayenne, says they found Mr Nayral on the ground, completely out of breath, emaciated and dehydrated. His brother, Gilles, described him as almost unrecognizable.
Both men were infested with parasites, including worms that burrow in their skin. After swallowing venom from a poorly cooked spider, Mr Nayral had trouble speaking and moving. He was also covered with bites from an itchy tropical flea called “Poux D’agoutis”.
Mr Nayral remained in the hospital for several days to recover. Mr Pillois’s wife Angélique said she had never given up hope of finding her husband.