(30 January) The authorities have rescued two Chinese tourists who had gone missing during their kayak excursion in Krabi province last night.
The pair, described by witnesses as a husband and wife, went missing after they and one mutual friend rented a kayak boat in Ton Sai bay at around 18.00 last night, and rowed out toward Po Da island, which lay approximately 5 milometres away.
However, the wind reportedly became strong as the three tourists made their way toward the island, and the couple′s kayak boat eventually flipped over. Their friend immediately made his way back to the beach and called for help.
Throughout the night the authorities have conducted search and rescue operations to no avail, but officials were confident that the pair was still alive as they reportedly wore life jackets. Soon members of the Marines also joined the search efforts.
At around 10.15 yesterday the officials received calls that a tourist boat has encountered the missing Chinese tourists as they were waiting for rescue on Po Da island. The tourists were described as extremely exhausted, but no injury was reported.
The tourists were subsequently rescued and transported back safely to their hotel in Krabi province.
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