KOH LARN – A Royal Thai Navy helicopter was called into action to rescue a Greek tourist Bouras Thedoras on Tuesday evening after he was stranded on a cliff on Koh Lan off Pattaya coast.
Mr.Thedoras was stuck on a ledge on the Yak mountain cliff of Koh Larn Island, approximately 150 meters from the ground, near Samae beach on Tuesday evening. He got stuck after discovering halfway up the ledge that the conditions were too soft for him either to continue up or go down. The cliff stands vertically at almost 90 degrees and its peak is about 300 metres high.
The climber shouted for help at a passing fishing boat and police and rescuers were alerted about the incident at about 5pm.
A rescue crew from the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation arrived on a speedboat only to find they lacked the experience and equipment to help. They then contacted Sattahip Naval Base, which sent a rescue helicopter.
A navy emergency crew reportedly roped down from the helicopter to aid Mr Thedoras and took him to U-Tapao airport in Rayong. The Greek climber, who appeared exhausted and sustained scratches on his body, was later sent to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya.
Mr Thedoras said he is an experienced climber and had scaled several cliffs in Krabi and Phuket. When he visited Koh Larn, he felt the Yak cliff was challenging.