RESCUE teams at two southern tourist islands, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, rescued a young foreign couple and another male tourist lost in the hilly forests last night, Naewna newspaper said this morning (August 11).
Tourist police at Koh Phangan were alerted via the hotline number 1155 that a young foreign couple, Mr. Jaime Labaig Nunez, 25, from Spain, and Ms. Darya Pankova, 22, from Belarus, were lost in the forested Thong Nai Pan hills and sent a team of Tourist and local policemen accompanied by Than Sadet National Park officials and rescuers to search for them.
The team was able to reach them via WhatApp messaging service but it was difficult to find them in the dark hilly area. After searching a five-kilometre zone they finally located the two of them at 10.20 p.m.
They were uninjured but tired and dehydrated and were taken to High Life bungalow where they rented accomodation.
Again at 8.30 p.m. last night Tourist Police were informed of a tourist being lost at Grape Viewpoint north of Koh Tao about seven kilometres from the island’s police station.
Another rescue team went to search for the young European man and upon finding him safely brought him back to his hotel.
The unidentified tourist told rescuers that he went to the viewpoint to enjoy the sunset but after that was unable to find his way back to his hotel.
The young couple after they were rescued from Koh Phangan hills last night. Photos courtesy of Koh Phangan-Koh Tao rescuers and published by Naewna