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British pensioner found deep in Thailand jungle after vanishing for three days

The man’s wife, Tawee Leonard, became worried that something may have happened to the retiree after he failed to return from his bike ride and had not communicated his whereabouts with her.

Leonard Barry Weller, who was lost in the Thai jungle for three days

A British pensioner who had been missing for three days in a forest in Thailand has been located in the jungle in a “deep state of exhaustion”.

Police in the Khon Kaen province, in the northeast of Thailand, had been searching for British man Leonard Barry Weller for three days after his wife reported him missing.

The 74-year-old was last seen by Tawee Leonard, his Thai wife, at home on September 1, before he headed out on his motorcycle.

Tawee became worried that something may have happened to the retiree after he failed to return the next day, and had not communicated his whereabouts with her.

A storm with heavy rain had also hit the region, raising fears that Leonard might have become lost in the deluge.



Rescuers eventually found Leonard on the forest floor, several kilometres deep into the jungle
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The Thai woman reported her concerns to the authorities, who started a search and rescue operation on Thursday afternoon.

Searchers entered the Nong Saeng forest area, where Leonard’s two-wheeler was found abandoned in a rice field, in the Dong Yen village area.

Speaking today, rescue worker Nam Thongkham said searchers had been looking for the missing Brit for two days, to no avail.



The rescue team would move Leonard by hammock to a nearby community
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Leonard’s wife, along with relatives and concerned villagers had also been helping with the search and rescue efforts.

Searchers had planned to fly thermal drones above the dense forest to locate him, Thongkham said, but due to the extensive rainfall they had to change tack.

According to reports from local news outlet News ch.7 , rescuers eventually found the man on the forest floor, several kilometres deep into the jungle.









The rescue team now planned to head back into the forest with a hammock, with which they would move Leonard down the hill to the nearby Ban Dong Yen community, in the Na Nio Sub-district.

Leonard had reportedly gotten into trouble when he became lost while riding his motorcycle in the heavy rain.

As he was unable to speak Thai, he could not communicate for directions to get himself back home.




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