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A mother and her three children survived 34 days in the Colombian jungle by living off of wild fruits and berries after they got lost while on holiday.

The 40-year-old mother and her three children, aged 14, 12 and 10, were first reported as missing on December 19th. 

Local media reported the family spent most of the 34 days wandering the jungle barefoot, surviving on berries, before they were rescued by the Colombian navy. 

Commander of the Naval Force of Southern Colombia, General Sergio Alfredo Serrano, told reporters: ‘They were on holiday in the region when they went to meet the children's father and became lost, remaining 34 days as missing.' 

mother and 3 children lost in jungle
One of the young girls can be seen looking emaciated after her 34-day ordeal in the Colombian jungle. (Image: CEN)

After being rescued, the unnamed mother told local media: ‘We lasted half an hour without drinking water and then we fainted. We had to drink water all the time and the girls were unable to walk.' 

The tourists were taken to the ESE Hospital Maria Angelines in the southern Colombian town of Puerto Leguizamo with symptoms of malnourishment and minor injuries. 

Serrano said: ‘The mother confirmed that they ate wild fruits and whatever else they could find for the 34 days they were missing.

The father is pictured hugging his starving son after his 34-day ordeal in the Colombian jungle (Image: CEN)
The mother and father weep as they're reunited in Colombia on Sunday
The mother and father weep as they're reunited in Colombia on Sunday (Image: CEN)

‘We hope there will not be any complications and we will keep you informed about the family's health situation.' 

The four family members were reunited with the father when they arrived at hospital, according to reports. 

Colombian sailors load the family on to a boat so they can be transferred to a hospital on Sunday
Colombian sailors load the family on to a boat so they can be transferred to a hospital on Sunday (Image: CEN)

Local media did not mention which country the tourists came from.

In November 2017, the police found a 17-year-old boy with learning difficulties who had escaped from a centre and spent 28 days in the Amazonian jungle.

The teenager, named Martin Camilo Carihuasari, was found near a river in the southern Colombian jungle region of Pichuna.

Colombian sailors load the family on to a boat so they can be transferred to a hospital on Sunday
Colombian sailors load the family on to a boat so they can be transferred to a hospital on Sunday (Image: CEN)

Source: Daily Mail

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