A British couple claim to have been set upon by a tribe of cannibals while visiting Papua New Guinea on holiday.
Mathew Iovane – who you might recognise from Channel 4’s Shipwrecked – and his girlfriend, Michelle Clemens, were allegedly captured by tribesmen before being forced to strip, beaten, their belongings taken and their lives threatened.
Iovane told The Sun:
“They both had machetes with huge blades and one had a long wooden spear with a crude arrowhead and they were grunting.
I thought we were being robbed so we put down our bags and tried to calm them, saying they could take everything when they started pushing and threatening us.”
According to the pair, they were stripped semi naked, bound with vines and blindfolded before being subjected to a horrifying ‘torture game’.
Clemens, 31, is believed to have cut her fingers ‘to the bone’ when she fought with the ‘feral’ tribesmen. Iovane came out with lesser scrapes.
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The tribesmen allegedly were unable to speak English, but could – according to Iovane – muster enough to tell the couple “we will kill you”.
The couple say they eventually managed to escape as they were being walked along a ridge by their captors.They say they fled half naked, and completely without their belongings.
“They took our belongings, I was naked in the most remote jungle on Earth with no shoes and Michelle was bleeding buckets beside me in her underwear.
But nothing mattered except getting away, so we ran.”
A citizen eventually spotted them and raised the alarm. A Foreign Office spokesman said:
“We are providing support to a British national and their partner who both suffered injuries and were taken to hospital following an incident in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on 11 January.”
Both Matthew and his girlfriend are now safe and accounted for.