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Pyar Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega: Man Leaves Phuket On Rafting Boat To See Wife in Mumbai. Here’s What Happened Next
Viral news: Ho Hoang Hung set off from the Thai holiday island of Phuket over two weeks ago in an inflatable rubber dinghy plannin to see his wife in Mumbai.
Bangkok: You may enjoy spending a day or two apart from your significant other but what would you do if they were separated from you for two years? Well, this lovesick man knew he had to see his wife on any condition. So like a Bollywood hero, he left on a journey that he didn’t think would turn out to be so long. But, he was willing to do anything to be reunited with the love of his life again – even if it’s venturing on a journey ‘saat samundar paar’.
The Vietnamese man tried to row 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) on a rafting boat from Thailand to India to see his wife. 37-year-old Ho Hoang Hung set off from the Thai holiday island of Phuket over two weeks ago 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.
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A fishing boat found Ho on Wednesday near the Similan Islands, about 80 kilometres off the Thai mainland, and contacted the navy’s maritime security unit, which came and rescued him. A navy official said the man was taken in custody on Thursday (March 24) after being rescued off the Thai coast.
Ho told officials he was trying to reach his wife, who works in Mumbai, after spending two years apart because of Covid travel restrictions, said Captain Pichet Songtan from the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre.
The captain said the man was found with no map, compass, GPS or change of clothes, and only a limited amount of water.
He had initially flown to Bangkok but found that without a visa he could not travel on to India, and so took a bus to Phuket, where he acquired the dinghy.
After setting off around March 5, Ho was apparently held up by headwinds, making limited progress in the two weeks before he was found.
Authorities in Thailand have rescued a man who attempted to paddle on an inflatable boat from Phuket to India to reunite with his wife, after being apart for two years due to the pandemic.
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Thai officials said Ho will be returned to Phuket for further questioning.
“We have contacted the Vietnamese embassy as well as Indian embassy but not had a reply yet,” Pichet said.
(With inputs from AFP)
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