Lost in a National Park !?!

11 Jun 2009 12:02 - 13 Jan 2016 06:14 #39 by
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I suspect it happens quite a lot more than you would think .........

"Krabi - A British couple got lost in a park here Tuesday evening and used their mobile phone to call their hotel for help. They were rescued 8 hours later.

The couple were identified as Paul Davidson, 35, and Lisa Wiwi, 32. Rescuers found them sitting near a creek inside the Nopparat Thara Beach National Park at 0:30 am Wednesday.

Three teams of rescuers began the search for the two at 4 pm Tuesday after their hotel, Amari Vogue Resort Hotel, alerted park officials that the two took a trekking inside the park and got lost.

The two called the hotel for help and rescuers tried to call their mobile phone to try to locate them.

Pol Lt Col Banthit Khaosuwan, a tourist police officer of Krabi, said it was fortunate that the two carried a mobile phone with them."

Source : The Nation http://www.nationmultimedia.com

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15 Apr 2010 17:04 #146 by Trekker
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05 Dec 2010 19:28 - 11 Oct 2016 12:27 #230 by
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Another to add to the list but this time involving myself!

Imagine my surprise whilst resting at a stream about 13 kms inside Thap Lan National Park, when a local guy walks out of the forest who has been lost for 3 days, going around in circles!

So we fed him and led him out on the right trail. Just goes to show, there are a number of trails in the area and when disorientation strikes - it strikes. I felt really sorry for the poor guy, he had run out of food and seemed positive there must be a village near by. He was 13 kilometers from the nearest habitation!

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13 Jan 2016 06:06 - 13 Jan 2016 06:15 #3349 by Paul TW
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Another one! Polish couple in Khao Yai on the Huai Suwat - HQ trail. They have now been rescued by a search team.

www.now26.tv/view/66226/ระดมค้นหา-2-โปแล...แห่งชาติเขาใหญ่.html

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14 Jan 2016 18:48 #3352 by onflipflops
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I think a compass is the most important tool in the jungle.
In most parks a basic study of even the most basic map will help you. If you know you started on the northern side of a road or river, the compass will lead you back and prevents from walking in circles. Surely it won't be easy cutting a straight path through the jungle, but eventually you will get there.

A GPS is great as well, but I always carry a compass as back up, just in case the GPS fails or runs out of battery power.

Glad these two people were found. Quite an experience to end up at night in a jungle with zero experience, rather low temperatures (especially for those dressed in skirts or shorts...) with unknown sounds.
It's just waiting for the day that all of us are no longer allowed to go without a ranger accompanying...

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11 Oct 2016 12:10 - 11 Oct 2016 12:30 #3988 by admin
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A full group of 27 lost in Khao Yai National Park this time. No fun, especially this time of year. A group of locals with 5 porters so presumably rangers as well (?). Its just so easy to do - even more so this time of year with storms, dropped trees, new animal tracks, etc.

www.dailynews.co.th/regional/529368

update - now found ....

www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1107704...ao-yai-national-park

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11 Oct 2016 12:47 #3989 by rushenb
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Ouch! That is many!. And very bad news not just for those 27 people, this may lead to further restrictions in Khao Yai. :(

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11 Oct 2016 12:48 #3990 by rushenb
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Ah, read the BangkokPost news now, good news they are found! :)

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11 Oct 2016 18:50 #3991 by Robby L
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Seems they did not have park staff with them :

A team of 23 tourists went astray as they hiked through the mountainous area in Khao Yai national park since October 7 was rescued and returned safely today.

Khao Yai national park officials said all the tourists were picked up by officials and rescue team this morning.

They went lost after setting off from the Saraburi side of the national park to the Nakhon Nayok side on a three day hike.

They said they went lost after there was heavy rain forcing them to change the trekking route.

They set off on October 7 from Klong Madua waterfall in tambon Sarika, and scheduled to arrive at Haew Krathin waterfall on October 9.

The team, all from Bangkok, was located about 1 am today in the Klong Madua area of tambon Sarika in Muang district by a team of park officials, soldiers and volunteers.

All of them were exhausted and some sustained minor injuries, rescuers reported.

Park officials said the team did not report them on the jungle trekking, and they might face charge of entering the park area with no permission, and for not abiding the park’s regulations

englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/lost-jungle-hi...ing-astray-khao-yai/

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12 Oct 2016 06:43 #3992 by Paul TW
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Holy cow - a 2/3 day trek with no rangers and no permission in the toughest season. As Rushen said - this could mean more rules and controls for all of us.

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14 Oct 2016 02:42 #3996 by onflipflops
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Am surprised such a large group took the risk of going on a trek in an area they apparently did not know well enough. But I think 'we' are lucky this time that the group that got lost were Thai nationals. It seems like if it happens to be foreign nationals that there is more media attention/ pressure meaning the park authorities feel like they need to do something. While in my opinion they should just say that the people entered on their own risk.
This case happened far from the actual visitor area, so I doubt it will change much for the average visitor.

It surprises me how protective the park authorities tend to be. To my knowledge Thailand is not a country where people easily sue a government body, a business, or even just another person. It's not the US where a coffee shop has to put a sticker on the coffee mug warning the customer that the coffee might be hot which could cause injuries if spilled on a body part. Total waste of money. And totally ridiculous.
Still, for some reason the park authorities are so scared in these parks that something will happen to a visitor.
In my opinion they should just put a big sign at the gate clerly informing the park is home to dangerous wildlife, and entering the forest adds the risk of getting lost. Also on the roads wildlife or falling trees could form a danger, so by entering this park you admit to do so at your own risk. The park authorities are not responsible for anything that might happen to you or your vehicle.
But I guess they do not want to scare the visitors :S

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07 Dec 2016 17:10 #4093 by Paul TW
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