Danish tourist lost in Phuket forest found after search

Police are helping Danish tourist Michael Hilderbrand after locating him in a forest in Phuket’s Thalang district on Saturday night. (Photo: Achadtaya Chuenniran)

A Danish tourist who arrived in Phuket as part of the Sandbox program in late July was apparently unaware of the jungle conditions and got lost in the woods of Thalang district in the north of the island on Saturday August 7, according to local media. Bangkok Post reports.

The Danish man, identified as Michael Hilderbrand, 58, has fortunately not been missing for a long time and about three hours after the Phuket Tourist Police received the report he was found by a search team from the tourist police accompanied by officials of the Sirinat National Park and immigration police.

Before getting lost in the forest, Michael Hilderbrand had left his hotel in Thalang District Tambon Sakhu at around 4 p.m. where he walked along Nai Yang Beach. After hiking in the forest on the mountain between Nai Yang and Nai Thon beaches, he got lost and could not find his way out of the forest.

When the team reunited with Michael Hilderbrand at 10 p.m. he was clearly tired from his 6 hour walk but happy to be found. He had a few scratches on his body but didn’t want to go to the hospital, so the team cleaned them up and took him back to his hotel for a much needed rest.

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