A 78-year-old man who visited his local bar in Phetchaburi province, Thailand, for a pint on August 31 and ended up drinking five bottles of Chang. He then left on his motorbike – and vanished.
His Thai wife Rachot Chanwijit, 61, became concerned after her husband didn’t return home, so she went to the pub and asked after him to be told he left.
The retired expat, from Utrecht in the Netherlands, made phone calls on the following two mornings to say he was lost in the Khong Ta Bang forest during a storm.
Rachot called the authorities and search parties were sent out to find him. Eventually locals found him nearby after spotting his motorbike last Friday at around 11pm.
They said he was sleeping in a puddle after a heavy rainstorm and he was covered in mosquito bites.
Franciscus said: “I thought I was going to die. My phone battery was dead, my motorcycle had run out of gas and it was raining. There was nothing to eat. I was so relieved when I heard the local people. They saved my life. I’m so happy to be safe and see my wife again.”
His wife Rachot said: “I was trying to call him on the night he was last seen but he did not answer so I went to the bar. He was not there. I received a call from him on September 1 early in the morning saying he rode into the forest but he did not know the exact coordinates where he was.”
“He called me again the next day saying his phone battery was about to die and the motorcycle’s oil had run out. He said he was exhausted and needed help so I called the police.”
Franciscus was last seen on CCTV footage in the Kaeng Krachan district, which was about 40km away from the pub.
But eventually, with the help of rescue volunteers, police officers, and villagers, he was finally found. Just a bit dehydrated, exhausted and hungry with some minor cuts and scratches.