Emma Kelty, who posted social media messages before sending distress signal, was no stranger to solo adventures

Posting on social media on 10 September, Emma Kelty joked about a warning she had been given about the stretch of the Amazon river she was about to enter. “So in or near Coari (100km [60 miles] away) I will have my boat stolen and I will be killed too,” she wrote. “Nice.”

Two days later, Kelty, who was canoeing the length of the Amazon, said she was “in the clear”. But hours later she posted again, describing an encounter with armed men. “Turned corner and found 50 guys in motor boats with arrows!!! My face must have been a picture!! (Town was uber quiet… too quiet!!) all go …

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