Man tries to row 2,000 km to see his wife; he was rescued in Thailand

A man that attempted to row 2,016 kilometers in a rubber boat to see his wife was rescued off the coast of Thailand. The Vietnamese husband, Ho Hoang Hung, 37, left Phuket for India equipped with water and instant noodles, but no navigation system.

Ho planned to cross the Bay of Bengal just before the start of the cyclone season. But a fishing boat spotted it on Wednesday, April 23, near the Similan Islands, about 50 miles off the Thai coast, and contacted the navy’s maritime security unit. Then, he was rescued and taken into custody.

Ho Hoang Hung told officials that he was trying to contact his wife, who works in Mumbai. Capt. Pichet Songtan of the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Command Center said Ho had been separated from his wife for two years due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and was trying to contact her by other means.

He tried at all costs to reach his wife

The man spent two weeks at sea

Pichet said that the man was found without map, compass, GPS or change of clothes and only with a limited amount of water. Ho had first flown to Bangkok, but did not have a visa, so he could not travel to India. He then decided to take a bus to Phuket, where he bought a rubber boat and started rowing.

The devoted husband set out around March 5, but faced strong headwinds that hampered his progress. He was at sea for about two weeks before they found it.

Thai officials said Ho would return to Phuket for questioning. Pichet added: “We have contacted the Vietnamese embassy and the Indian embassy, ​​but we have not received a response yet.”

How to go from Thailand to India?

The distance between the two nations by sea is around 2,000 kilometers.

The cheapest and fastest way to go from the country of Thailand to India is by plane, the flight of which takes around 7 hours. The protagonist of this story tried this method, but because he did not have a visa, it was impossible for him to continue on his path and therefore he chose to row more than 2 thousand kilometers.