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(If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).
'For the moment he is in the best place possible, I know the area where he is very well and I know the hut where he is staying.He never made his flight to Hong Kong on Sunday, where he was scheduled to give a speech.The adventurer's friend, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardener, who previously travelled to the southwestern Pacific island with him, wrote today: 'This is exactly the sort of challenge he thrives on.'But as well as having to contend with almost impossibly steep and forested terrain, it seems his plans have been disrupted by an outbreak of tribal infighting which often happens in remote areas.'Although foreigners are rarely the target of this violence outside the towns, there is always a risk of being associated with one tribe that is at war with another.' Meanwhile, Mr Allen's brother-in-law said today he will be met by a 'severe ticking off' from his wife and close relatives once he is back in Europe - but they are all thrilled and relieved that he is safe.The 57-year-old was been found 'alive and well' near an airstrip 20 miles northwest of Porgera, Enga Province, four days after he was reported missing.After hearing word that the father-of-three had been spotted, his wife Lenka, 35, told the Mail: ‘It is such a relief. It is very exciting.’ Mr Allen sparked panic earlier this week when he failed to return from the jungle following a solo expedition to meet the remote Yaifo tribe.It is typical of him to go off without GPS – if he had that, people would know where to find him.'Unfortunately that is not Benedict's style, he likes to do things the hard way.
In a blog post on his website in September, Mr Allen described the Yaifo as 'one of the last people on the entire planet who are out of contact with our interconnected world'.'In October I'm hiring a helicopter to drop me off at the abandoned mission station, Bisorio - a forlorn place,' he wrote.'Last time the Yaifo greeted me with a terrifying show of strength, an energetic dance featuring their bows and arrows.'On this occasion who knows if the Yaifo will do the same, or run off, or be wearing jeans and T-shirts traded eons ago from the old mission station.'He said he did not have an obvious means of returning home and either had to paddle down river for a week or so, or enlist the help of the Yaifo.'Just like the good old days, I won't be taking a sat phone, GPS or companion.
Mrs Allen explained that while her husband has got lost several times in previous expeditions, he has not done anything 'reckless' since settling down and having children.'He has been so careful since I married him.
He hasn't done anything this scary and slightly reckless – it's the first time that he has gone on his own,' she said.'He hasn't really shared his plans with me either, or with anyone else, so we don't really know the route he was taking on the way back.
He is a resourceful chap and has done this sort of thing before.'We were fairly certain he would turn up either with a broken leg or dysentery.
But you can be sure my wife will be giving him a severe ticking off.' Mr Allen's agent Jo Sarsby said: 'At 5pm local time Keith Copley, the coordinating director for New Tribe Mission in Papua New Guinea confirmed in writing that Benedict Allen was safe, well and healthy.'He is presently located at a remote airstrip 20 miles northwest of Porgera, Enga Province.'Confirmation on exact location coordinates are now being confirmed in order to arrange evacuation as soon as possible.' Speaking to The Sun, Mr Copley said it will take 'at least a couple of days' for Mr Allen to get to a point where he can be rescued.
They all sense the tension in the flat and they are worried, deep down.