16-Dec-2005 -- NAGECO (North African Geophysical Exploration Company) works in the seismic industry as a geophysical seismic sub contractor to the main oil companies that work in Libya. The confluence team that recorded this point works with NAGECO Crew 201.
We operate from a mobile camp that serves as a base for our seismic exploration activities. In the normal run of things we would try to visit any confluence point that was within a one-day drive of this camp. Because our work takes us to very remote parts of the Libyan Sahara we have the ideal opportunity to visit many remote points. On this occasion a scouting expedition was needed to investigate a new work area, which was more than one day away from the camp. We used the chance to visit confluence point 28N 19E which was 335 km away to our west.
The team set off from the base camp at 7:00 a.m. and reached the confluence point at 2:30 p.m.
The crew had worked in this area in 2004 and discovered a WWII backpack partially buried in the sand. On further investigation it was found to be full of equipment belonging to a Long Range Desert Patrol Group soldier. Fortunately, a name and an army number were still clearly visible on the webbing and the crew was able to locate the soldier's family and let them know about the find. The soldier's name was Alf Boys, and he had survived the war. His family was pleased to find out more of Alf's history in Libya, as he had sadly passed away only three years ago and had never talked about his time in Libya. The family now hopes to display Alf's possessions in the Military Museum in Waioru, New Zealand.
Continued at 28N 20E.