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Russian tourists found safe in Phuket jungle

Russian tourists found safe in Phuket jungle

PHUKET: A Russian man and woman were found safe early this morning after they became lost in the jungle north of Nai Thon Beach late yesterday afternoon (Mar 21).

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 04:34PM

Sorasak Rananan, Head of Sirinat National Park, was notified of the missing Russians ‒ Alexandr Simakov, 37, and Ekaterina Simakov, 40 ‒ at 10pm.

The call, from the Phuket Tourist Police, asked for national park officers to join a search for the couple, who were believed to be halfway between Nai Thon and Nai Yang beaches.

The search party included park officers, Phuket Tourist Police, the village headman and volunteers from Moo 4 Sakhu, and the rescue team from Sakhu Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor).

The tourists were finally found near the rocks in the Khao Sai Khu area at about 12:50am, Mr Sorasak reported.

The pair had suffered minor abrasions and one had an injured foot, but were led out of the jungle area to safety and received first aid before being taken to hospital as a precaution, Mr Sorasak said.

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The tourists became lost after taking a walk along Nai Yang Beach, then continuing their journey into the jungle southwards into the Khao Sai Khu area in Sirinat National Park, Mr Sorsak added.

“They became lost, and were still in the forest until dusk and couldn’t find a way out, so they contacted Tourist Police to ask for help,” Mr Sorasak said.

The Tourist Police last year relaunched their ‘I Lert U’ app, available on Google Play and the App Store.

The app is in English and Thai, and is linked to the Tourist Police 1155 Emergency Response Centre.

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Kurt | 23 March 2023 - 10:04:17

TAT should make bush routes maps and supply hotels with it, including advices ( carry drinking water, and be properly dressed for bush walks. That is different from beach dressing!). It just takes a bit of simple thinking/preparing for such undertaking. Case by case consideration or tourist must pay for his/her rescue.

JohnC | 23 March 2023 - 08:50:35

What sort of people wander off in to the bush and are too clueless to find their way out again. Not the first tourists to do so and won't be the last unfortunately. Should make them pay for the cost of the search for their stupidity.


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