11 American exchange students plucked from Chiang Mai forest
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