by Linda Straker
- Passenger hiked in rainforest on Monday, 18 December, without a tour guide
- Passenger spent 2 nights in Grand Etang Forest
- Police drone located her on Wednesday morning in mountains of Birchgrove
A cruise ship passenger who got lost while hiking in Grenada’s rainforest on Monday, 18 December 2023, has been found alive, but with bruises caused by her ordeal of spending 2 nights in the Grand Etang Forest reserve area as she struggled to find her way out.
Mathias Dorel, the French Honourary Consul in Grenada, explained that Heyse Celine, a citizen of France, was a passenger on the Costa Fortuna cruise ship that berthed in Grenada on Monday. Celine ventured on the trek without a tour guide.
“She took a bus to Grand Etang and asked for directions to a waterfall. She was unable to find the waterfall and got lost on the return but was determined to find a way out. The next day, she called her daughter in France, who called the cruise line and then the police and me and the search began,” he said.
“She slept 2 nights in the mountains. The police found her on Wednesday morning and she was taken to the hospital. She has cuts and bruises and is exhausted, but we expect that she will be fine.” Dorel confirmed he would help her make arrangements to return to France by the weekend.
On 19 December, police published a missing person report without sharing details of Celine’s circumstances other than to say she entered the island the day prior, and last spoke with her friend on that day and had not been seen nor heard from since. Police also advised owners of hotels, Airbnb and apartments to be on the look for the 51-year-old female.
A second release was issued on 20 December saying Celine was found. It is understood that police used a drone as part of their search and it was the drone that located her on Wednesday morning in the mountains of Birchgrove — a community on the edge of the Grand Etang Forest Reserve.