Vasco goes global
THE adventures of nine-yearold Vasco Gonsalves who managed to get himself out of sinking mud to rescue his friends has gone global with UK Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine and papers in the US publishing his story.
In January Vasco and two other boys were playing in mud flats in Kauri Creek at Lake Tinaroo when suddenly they fell waist-deep into the mud and while the two boys struggled until they ended up chin-deep in the mud, Vasco managed to escape.
He had just read How to be a World Explorer from Lonely Planet and remembered how to get out of quicksand, managing to escape to alert the nearby parents to save the other boys.
Editor of the travel magazine Peter Grunert said when they learnt of the misadventures, they had to share it with their readers.
‘‘ The team at Lonely Planet Traveller magazine was so intrigued to learn of Vasco’s escape,’’ he said.
‘‘Here was a boy with the name of a famous explorer - Vasco da Gama, who had been fantastically coolheaded in remembering the lessons he’d picked up from our book, Lonely Planet’s How to be a World Explorer, which is hoped to inspire the next generation of adventurous travellers.’’
The magazine was published last week and a copy has been posted back to Australia as a keepsake for Vasco and the story of Vasco has been published on a poster selling the book in the US.
GLOBAL H I T : Vasco Gonsalves’ story is a hit