11 Amer­i­can ex­change stu­dents plucked from Chi­ang Mai for­est

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND -

A group of Amer­i­can ex­change stu­dents got lost in a Chi­ang Mai for­est, strayed to the edge of a cliff and had to be res­cued by of­fi­cials early yes­ter­day.

For­tu­nately, the Nok Kok cliff above Tad Mok Wa­ter­fall had a mo­bile phone sig­nal, so the stu­dents, one boy and 10 girls, man­aged to call tourist po­lice at 7pm on Wed­nes­day evening for help. Of­fi­cials then tracked their GPS to res­cue them at 10 min­utes past mid­night.

Af­ter the res­cue, the group, aged 18 to 22, said they were ex­change stu­dents study­ing at the Fac­ulty of Sci­ence at Chi­ang Mai Univer­sity and had ar­rived in the north­ern city six weeks ago.

They said they had hailed a red song-taew minibus from Chi­ang Mai Univer­sity to the Huay Tueng Tao Reser­voir in Tam­bon Don Kaew, Mae Rim dis­trict and started walk­ing along the for­est track head­ing to the wa­ter­fall at 2pm.

But af­ter straying off the track and get­ting lost, called Chi­ang Mai tourist po­lice for help.

Col Su­pakorn Ruansati, man­ager of the Huay Tueng Tao Reser­voir Tourism Of­fice, said af­ter the tourist po­lice told him about the in­ci­dent, his staff used the group’s mo­bile phone num­ber to search for their GPO lo­ca­tion and man­aged to send help.

When the of­fi­cials lo­cated the stu­dents, they

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