Rescue party locates Britons lost in Koh Chang jungle
A rescue squad swung into action on Sunday to search for two Britons who had got lost in the jungles of Koh Chang. The manager of Theodor Stennett and Ramanjot Chahal’s guest house reported them missing when they had not returned from an all-day trek by 21:30 in the evening.
After receiving the alert, tourist police on the island tried to reach the couple on their mobile telephones. Officers said the signal kept breaking up and they were unable to hold a full conversation or pinpoint the duo’s location.
Police told the two to stay put while they mounted a search and rescue operation. A local trekking guide and the team set off at around 22.30, but were unable to find the stranded Brits until 05:00 the next morning.
Media sources on the island say the two 22-year-olds were close to a cliff edge when they were found and one was cut and bruised from climbing over boulders. The two were taken to Koh Chang hospital for check-ups.
Koh Chang tourist police inspector Man Rodthong noted that tourists venturing into the island’s interior jungles needed to go with experienced guides. He said officers planned to ask foreign embassies to include this advice in their travel warnings.
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