Tourist Police and Good Samaritan rescue American lost on Phuket trail

American tourist rescued on Phuket trail, photo by The Phuket Express.

Phuket Tourist Police, with the help of a Good Samaritan, rescued an American man lost on a trail near the Krating Cape in Karon. According to the Phuket Tourist Police, the man, who has not been identified, called the Tourist Police call centre for assistance at 1155. He reported that he was walking along the trail and was unable to find his way out.

Fortunately, the Phuket Tourist Police and a Good Samaritan were able to track down the lost tourist through the Chinese WeChat application, The Phuket Express reported. After establishing contact, they were able to locate the man and ensure that he was safely returned to the exit.

The American tourist expressed his gratitude to the officers and Good Samaritan for their help.

Thailand’s tropical islands are hot tourist destinations renowned for their beauty and beaches, but every once in a while, tourists find themselves in sticky situations there.

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Less than a week ago, national park officials rescued three foreign tourists who got lost in the jungle in Koh Pha Ngan, Surat Thani province, in South Thailand. The chief of Than Sadet National Park, Tikamporn Phenchom, received a call that three foreign tourists were lost in the jungle on the Khao Ra mountain and needed help.

Chief Tikamporn examined the coordinates from one of the tourists’ mobile phones and found that they were on a trail that was once used to walk up to the top of the mountain but is now unused and overgrown. The chief assembled a search party of National park officials who went out looking for the tourists as the sun went down. Luckily, all three tourists were found and safely rescued.

In August last year, a 26 year old French tourist got lost in the jungle on Koh Pha Ngan. Tourist police, Koh Pha Ngan police, local district administrators and an official from Than Sadet National Park rescued him from the dark, dense forest.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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