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Explorer completes shooting Blue Nile film documentary

PUBLISHED: 09:25 04 February 2018

Benjamin Peters during the Blue Nile trip.

Benjamin Peters during the Blue Nile trip.

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An explorer has completed a 1,000-mile trip down a ‘treacherous’ African river to shoot a documentary.

Ben Peters talking to students, Principle Jane McBride and Asst. Principle Gemma Roberts, about his paddle boarding adventure along the Blue Nile. Ben Peters talking to students, Principle Jane McBride and Asst. Principle Gemma Roberts, about his paddle boarding adventure along the Blue Nile.

Benjamin Peters, from Worle, and expert Charlie Head spent more than 40 days becoming the first people to paddle board down the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.

Starting at Lake Tana, the pair paddle boarded down the river – the Nile’s primary tributary – to film The Last Descent.

The documentary will showcase the river’s final weeks before the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed which will flood around 143 miles of the river.

Ben, who completed a similar project on the river Maranon in Peru in 2016, avoided dangerous animals including crocodiles and hippos on the trip and arrived home last week.

He said: “It was a pretty hectic trip as it is a really treacherous river.

“One of the villages we visited had never had a white person in their village before.

“They shared their music and dancing and we had a locally brewed drink.

“Sadly that village will have to move because of the dam.

“It was absolutely incredible (to complete the journey) and will never be done agan.

“We have since had sponsors from Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and Crocodiles of the World which will be providing schools with information on the animals we encountered.”

Explorers Escape are also sharing some of the footage captured on the journey and giving talks to a number of schools in the area, including Priory Community School where Ben used to be a student.

Head of careers at Priory James Wilmot said: “Ben has been an inspiration to our year seven students while sharing his adventures with us.

“Talking to our students about caring for our environment, being brave, the importance of hard work, broadening horizons and how to avoid being a crocodile’s lunch has been an enormous success.

“I hope they will be inspired to go on their own adventures in the future.”

The group’s next challenge will see it look into the depths of the oceans to study the impact of plastic on wildlife.

For more information on the documentary, search for Explorers Escape on Facebook.

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