A Poland man and a Thai girl rented kayaks with some friends in Phuket on 7 December 2019. When they were out in the water the waves had separated them from the group of friends. The tourist contacted the friends stating that he was able to get back into the kayak but there was no kayak paddle and the location was unclear. There have been no other communications made from either the tourist or the Thai girl since they went missing. It is estimated that the waves might have pulled them to a nearby island.
Officials from the Navy (Third Naval Area Command), Phuket Tourist Police, other related officials, and the kayak owner worked together in searching for the 2 missing persons. The news went public to the media on 8 December 2019. Officials and friends of the missing persons went on a helicopter search provided by the tourist police starting in the early hours of the 8th. The first goal was to check all areas nearby where they went missing. They have searched several areas that the kayak could’ve floated to including Karon Beach, Koh Kaew Phitsadan Island, and Promthep Cape.
The missing persons are 1. Matthew 27 years old from Poland and 2. Wirakan 23 years old from Nakhon Sawan Province. The search continues on 9 December 2019 with new search plans involving Aircraft, Naval ship no.991 and no.233, Marine Police boat no.814, speedboats, and more. All areas that have not been searched will be cleared and the search will continue until both missing persons are found. The friends are holding onto hope that both the tourist and the Thai girl will be found safe and sound before they are brought back to Phuket.
FB Caption: The tourist stated that he was able to get back into the kayak but there was no kayak paddle and the location was unclear.