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Missing tourists safe, but not yet found

PHUKET: Police have confirmed that two tourists reported as missing for two days after renting kayaks at Coconut Island have made it safely ashore, but officers have yet to find the two men.

By The Phuket News

Monday 13 March 2023, 09:22AM

CCTV footage has confirmed that the two men made it safely ashore on Phuket last Friday, but police are still looking for the two men in order to question them. Image: Phuket Provincial Police

CCTV footage has confirmed that the two men made it safely ashore on Phuket last Friday, but police are still looking for the two men in order to question them. Image: Phuket Provincial Police

The confirmation came through a statement issued by Phuket Provincial Police late yesterday (Mar 12), the same day that government news channels issued a spate of reports reporting a mass search underway for the two men.

The two men were described in the reports as in their 30s, likely to be European or Australian. They were reported as renting kayaks on Koh Maphrao at 4:10pm last Friday (Mar 10), but failing to return to shore.

It was not reported what took so long to launch the search for the two men.

Late yesterday, Phuket Provincial Police issued a statement that CCTV footage had confirmed that the two men had come ashore at Royal Phuket Marina, on Phuket.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

The two tourists left the kayaks with the staff at the marina and left at about 4:53pm last Friday. The men showed no signs of distress, the statement said.

“We are currently in the process of tracking down the two tourists to inquire about the cause and motives. If you see either of the tourists, please inform the Phuket Provincial Police and Phuket City Police Station in order to invite them to inquire further about the cause,” the statement added.

One of the tourists was described as last seen wearing a white short-sleeved shirt, shorts and sandals. The other was described as wearing a black floral shirt, shorts and sandals.

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Pooliekev | 15 March 2023 - 17:56:04

Pointless peasantry is alive and well and living here in the comment section!

Jor12 | 15 March 2023 - 15:43:54

John c...bit like Kurt, how is knowing their nationality going to assist with the earth's rotation?

Pascale | 14 March 2023 - 11:21:42

Good old Kurt ! Always trying to find an excuse for every wrongdoing foreigner. 

Kurt | 14 March 2023 - 10:13:47

Many Thai make mistakes in writing down names/addresses. I always give it typed down to shops/authorities, and still they copy it wrong. Perhaps rental man didn't understand that the guys would leave kayaks ashore. The boys were quite open in their doings, don't think there is foul play. RTP better put energy in, and publish about investigation Chalong underpass B5000 fine cheating colleag...

DeKaaskopp | 13 March 2023 - 16:26:51

@Kurt  Instead of writing endless comments,why don't you read the articles carefully first.  Those tourists rented the kayaks  giving false names and room numbers ! They did not return those kayaks where they rented it ! Of course the RTP has all the rights to question them ! Don't you have nothing more important to do than questioning everything how the police or any other official is wor...

Kurt | 13 March 2023 - 14:56:00

 "2 Tourists just disappeared without tellanyone".   Since when need tourists to tell where they go during their holiday?  And, they returned on Friday, while RTP not earlier than saturday came out with questions, not knowing anything about the tourists. Perhaps the boys left Phuket already Saturday morning. Totally unaware RTP later that day came out with 'missing' idea.

Fascinated | 13 March 2023 - 12:51:50

@Mr Editor why is JohnC allowed his perma-send moans about the thai authorities? No mention of the fact that these two tourists just disappeared without telling anyone and causing a search. I guess he condones clueless tourists.

Kurt | 13 March 2023 - 10:49:33

Look forward for the RTP face saving saying that it was all just a misunderstanding.

Kurt | 13 March 2023 - 10:18:26

Rented kayaks Friday, 4:10pm.
At Friday, 4:53pm. Returned ashore, left kayaks at Phuket Marina.  So, not missing at all as RTP signalled during the weekend.  Do I miss something? What cause and motives have to be inquired? Making a RTP case of a non-case? Nothing important to do?

JohnC | 13 March 2023 - 09:28:27

"..likely to be European or Australian"?!?  So in other words, totally clueless as to what their nationalities may be.


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