Missing German tourist found after 12 hours in jungle

Missing German tourist found after 12 hours in jungle

German tourist Christine Junghanel takes a group photo with police, park rangers and rescue workers after they found her in the jungle on Koh Chang on Wednesday. (Photo by Jakkrit Waewkraihong)
German tourist Christine Junghanel takes a group photo with police, park rangers and rescue workers after they found her in the jungle on Koh Chang on Wednesday. (Photo by Jakkrit Waewkraihong)

A 60-year-old German tourist who went missing in the jungle of Koh Chang in Trat province on Tuesday was found on Wednesday after about 12 hours alone by herself.

Christine Junghanel, was with a group of about 10 elderly tourists who stayed at Khlong Phrao resort on the island.

On Tuesday afternoon, the group went for a tour to Khlong Phlu waterfall in the Koh Chang National Park. On the way to the waterfall, Mrs Junghanel separated from the group, telling them she would go sightseeing alone.  She said they should not worry about her as she had visited the island once before.

On Tuesday night, Koh Chang police received a report that the woman was missing.

A search party of about 50 soldiers, police, park officials and rescue volunteers spent the night looking for her in the vicinity of the waterfall, without success.

They regrouped on Wednesday morning and resumed the search around 10.20am.

About 20 minutes later searchers were informed by radio that a team had found Mrs Junghanel only 500 metres from the Khlong Phlu waterfall office.

She was safe, but tired and eagerly accepted food, water and fruit.

Mrs Junghanel said that after parting from the group she continued walking uphill until dark. She headed back to rejoin the group but lost her way.  She decided to stay overnight on the mountain, about 2 kilometres from the waterfall office.

On Wednesday morning, she walked downhill and met a group of rescuers, to her colleagues' delight.


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