Vasco goes global

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

GLOBAL H I T : Vasco Gon­salves’ story is a hit

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