Lost Polish family rescued from Koh Phangan forest

Lost Polish family rescued from Koh Phangan forest

The Polish family poses with local tourist police after being found in a hilly forest on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province on Monday night. They had gone for a walk to take in the views on Monday and were unable to find their way back to their hotel. (Photo from the Tourist Police Division 3)
The Polish family poses with local tourist police after being found in a hilly forest on Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province on Monday night. They had gone for a walk to take in the views on Monday and were unable to find their way back to their hotel. (Photo from the Tourist Police Division 3)

SURAT THANI: Rescuers found a Polish family, including two children, who were lost in a hilly forest on Koh Phangan, after a search lasting more than three hours on Monday night.

Pol Maj Gen Angkoon Klaiklueng, commander of Tourist Police Division 3, said staff at a local hotel informed them a Polish family had phoned to say they had gone for a walk and were lost in the forest.

Local officials began a search in Ban Hat Rin forest about 5.30pm.

They found the family about 9pm, tired and waiting, seated on rocks in the forest. They were given liquids to rehydrate them and then led back to their hotel.

Police quoted the 40-year-old father father, Tomasz Sliwinski, as saying that he took his family from their hotel to admire the views from a nearby hill forest, but later was unable to find the trail back. So he phoned their hotel to seek help.

The forest is between Hat Rin and Hat Yuan beaches in tambon Ban Tai on the southern tourist island of Koh Phangan.


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