Man, 78, who only went out for a beer ends up lost in Thai jungle for 4 days

A man who popped to the bar for some drinks ended up getting lost in the Thai jungle for four days.

Dutch expat Franciscus Johannes van Rossum, 78, had drunk five beers before jumping on his motorbike and attempting to head home in Thailand’s Phetchaburi province on August 31.

Unfortunately for him, he took a wrong turn in the rain and got lost in the Khong Ta Bang forest, LadBible reports.

Meanwhile his 61-year-old wife, Rachot Chanwijit, became concerned for her husband when he did not return home that night, as he had gone to the bar at 2pm, so she headed there herself to find him.

She 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.”

However, the bar owner, Bunteam Kiawgaew, informed her that Franciscus had left at 5pm that evening.

He said: "Franciscus came to drink five bottles of beer from 2pm to 5pm and then left. I don't know where he was planning to go after drinking."

The storm had affected the 78-year-old’s phone signal but he managed to make two calls to his wife – one on September 1 and one on September 2 – saying he was lost in the forest but didn’t know his exact coordinates and a storm had hit.

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Rachot said: "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."

In the meantime, locals had spotted his motorcycle and managed to find him nearby on September 3.

The Dutch expat was covered in mosquito bites and had been forced to sleep in a puddle due to the storms.

He 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 relieved when I heard the local people. They saved my life. I'm so happy to be safe and see my wife again.

"I only went out for a beer. I took a wrong turn and it started raining, that's when it all went wrong."

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