The French tourist who got lost during a trek between Boiling Lake and the Fresh Water Lake on Thursday was discovered this morning in Grand Fond at about 10:30 by a helicopter sent from Guadeloupe, the French Consul in Dominica has confirmed.
Maxime Rouyrre, 27, a national of France, was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital for medical checkups, and according to French Consul Pascal Tomasini, the French national is in good health.
Tomasini told Dominica News Online in an interview this morning that Rouyrre arrived in Dominica by himself on November 13, 2010 to go backpacking.
His expedition in the island led him to the Boiling Lake trail in Laudat which Rouyrre intended to use to reach the Fresh Water Lake, the French Consul said.
However, after six hours into his journey, which was hampered by heavy rain and thick mist, the French national got lost, Tomasini said.
But the French national wasted no time in seeking help. He initially tried to contact local authorities, but after failing to do so, he called his family in France who then contacted the Foreign Ministry in Paris, France. The French government then contacted the French Embassy in St. Lucia, which immediately relayed the information to the French Consul in Dominica, who ensured that officials in Dominica, including the Forestry Division and Police, were informed.
According to Tomasini, Rouyrre walked along a river until he reached the vicinity of a small waterfall.
Tomasini expressed gratitude to the agencies involved in the rescue operation, noting that the local rescue teams responded quickly.
He also praised telecommunication providers LIME and Digicel. Rouyrre did not have GPS on his cell phone but because of the communication – texting and calls – between him and Tomasini, LIME and Digicel were able to give an approximate location, Tomasini said, adding that the cell phone was crucial in locating the lost tourist.
The French Consul also pointed out that the assistance from Gaudeloupe had nothing to do with the nationality of the tourist.
He said formal cooperation regarding security and rescue matters exists between Dominica and its French neighbours.