Missing man taken back to Phuket safely after jet-ski runs out of gasoline, spends night in ocean alone

Phuket –

A missing man has been found and safely taken back to Phuket after his jet-ski ran out of gasoline in Phang Nga.

Yesterday (June 21st) at 10:30 P.M. Royal Thai Navy Officers were notified from a boat operator via hotline 1465 that a man, Mr. Panit Naveewong, who was on a jet-ski left from a pier in Leam Nga, Koh Si Ray since 2:00 P.M..

The man contacted his boss via mobile phone at an unnamed company and said that at 6:00 P.M. that his jet-ski ran out of gasoline near Khai Nai Island in Phang Nga and he needed help. After that, contact was lost due to poor reception.

The Royal Thai Navy went out for a search with six jet-skis and a boat until 3:00 A.M. but failed to find the missing man. They went out for a search again this morning (June 22nd).

The missing man, Panit, was found on a jet-ski near the area he was last reported when his jet-ski ran out of gasoline in the middle of the ocean. At 7:40 A.M.. he was taken back to a pier in Koh Siray. Panit was reportedly tired and dehydrated but overall well.

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for closing in on three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and Chonburi, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.