Explorer set to embark on 1,000-mile paddleboard for Blue Nile documentary

PUBLISHED: 17:36 14 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 14 October 2017

Benjamin Peters and paddle-boarding crew, Charley Head, Rob Evans, Charlee Haines and Harry Dempster, who are going to shoot documentary on the Blue Nile river.

Benjamin Peters and paddle-boarding crew, Charley Head, Rob Evans, Charlee Haines and Harry Dempster, who are going to shoot documentary on the Blue Nile river.

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An explorer is preparing to paddleboard 1,000 miles down a crocodile-infested river to shoot a documentary.

Benjamin Peters, from Worle, and paddleboarder Charlie Head will head to Lake Tana in Ethiopia in January before embarking on a perilous 35-day journey down The Blue Nile – the major tributary of the Nile itself.

While travelling the pair will shoot a documentary called The Last Descent, a film showcasing the river’s final weeks before the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is completed.

The dam, which will be the largest in the continent, has been hit by delays since work began in 2011 but once completed will flood around 143 miles of the river.

Now Ben, who completed a similar project on the river Maranon in Peru last year, wants his adventure to ‘inspire’ future generations and is already working with Priory School on projects about the dam.

He said: “The Blue Nile is one of the most iconic rivers in the world.

“It is the last chance to pay respect to the river before it is gone.

“Our goal is to look at the next generation and see how we can influence them by inspiring them with adventure.

“What is amazing is to watch these children just in awe at what they are seeing.

“If we can inspire the next generation in caring about the planet then that is our key to success.”

Although Ben’s Explorers Escape group has already invested around £56,000 in camera equipment, medical support and survival gear, it is appealing for help to raise almost £15,000 more.

The extra money would be put towards flights, food and drink, raft hire for the filming crew and guides.

Ben added: “We have already raised a considerable amount of money.

“When we have that extra support we can reach out to communities off the river and move around easier.

“If not, me and Charlie will get dropped at the top and get off at the bottom.”

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre has sponsored the group and is allowing the team to use its equipment to train for the trip.

Click here to donate to the trip.

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