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Man rescued after trying to row 1,240 miles in dinghy to see his wife

A man who tried to row 1,240 miles in an inflatable boat to see his wife has been rescued off the coast of Thailand.

Vietnamese husband Ho Hoang Hung, 37, made the journey from Phuket, Thailand, to India with water and instant noodles — but no navigation system.

Ho planned to cross the Bay of Bengal just before the cyclone season began.

But a fishing boat spotted him Wednesday near the Similan Islands, about 50 miles off the Thai coast, and contacted the Navy’s maritime security unit.

He was then rescued and taken into custody.

Ho told officials he was trying to reach his wife, who works in Mumbai, India.

Captain Pichet Songtan of the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Center said Ho had been separated from his wife for two years due to Covid travel restrictions and had tried to reach her through other means.

The man had not seen his wife for two years.
The man had not seen his wife for two years.
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Pichet said the man was found without a map, compass, GPS or change of clothing and with only a limited supply of water.

Ho had flown to Bangkok first, but he didn’t have a visa, so he couldn’t travel to India.

He then decided to take the bus to Phuket, where he bought an inflatable boat and started paddling.

He set out on the 1,240-mile journey without a map.
He set out on the 1,240-mile journey without a map.
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The devoted husband set out around March 5 but faced strong headwinds that hampered his progress.

Ho was at sea about two weeks before he was found.

Thai officials said Ho will return to Phuket for questioning.

A fishing boat spotted him about 50 miles off the Thai coast.
A fishing boat spotted him about 50 miles off the Thai coast.
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Pichet added, “We have contacted both the Vietnamese and Indian embassies but have not yet received a response.”

This article originally appeared on The sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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