BANGKOK: Police have rescued a Vietnamese man who tried to row 2,000 kilometers from Thailand to India to met his wife.
Ho Hoang Hung set off from the Thai holiday island of Phuket in an inflatable rubber dinghy, equipped with water and instant noodles but no navigation system, planning to cross the Bay of Bengal near the start of cyclone season.
A fishing boat found the 37-year-old on Wednesday near the Similan Islands, about 80km off the Thai mainland, and contacted the navy’s maritime security unit, which came and rescued him.
Ho told officials he was trying to reach his wife, who works in Mumbai, after spending two years apart because of Covid travel restrictions, Captain Pichet Songtan from the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre said.
Pichet said the man was found with no map, compass, GPS, or change of clothes and only a limited amount of water.