A Vietnamese sails on a dinghy for 18 nights in an attempt to meet his wife in India


A Vietnamese man who has not seen the love of his life for over a year and who tried to row 2,000 kilometers from Thailand to India to visit his wife has been taken into custody after being rescued off the coast of Thailand. The 37-year-old, identified as Ho Hoang Hung, planned to cross the Bay of Bengal around the start of the cyclone season in a bid to meet his wife, who lives in Mumbai. Ho Hoang Hung was found paddling in an inflatable dinghy in the Andaman Sea, 80 km offshore.

Hung departed from the holiday island of Phuket in an inflatable rubber sailboat, prepared with water and instant noodles without any navigation system, intending to cross the Bay of Bengal shortly before the start of the hurricane season. The Thai Navy’s Maritime Security Unit rescued him, as the Royal Thai Navy reported on Facebook. He said he wanted to paddle to his wife in India.

How did Ho Hoang Hung manage the trip?

According to the Royal Thai Navy’s Facebook post, it was believed that the 3rd Naval Area had coordinated with the Naval News Department’s interpretation staff to post the news over the phone, understanding that the man intended to row a dinghy to visit his wife who is in Bombay. The two had married two years ago but had to be separated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 2, 2022, the Vietnamese man managed to fly from Saigon in Vietnam to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. He intended to visit India but did not have a visa to enter the country. He then decided to take a bus from Bangkok to Phuket.

It was found to be floating in the sea for 18 nights. After being informed by fishermen, Thai naval officers took the person to the Similan Islands National Park to coordinate with relevant agencies to proceed further.

Officers thanked the fishermen for informing them so they could help this man, who had a heart big enough to risk his life and sat on a small dinghy to cross the vast and dangerous Indian Ocean just to meet his beloved wife. The video went viral and garnered several reactions from viewers on Facebook,

“More than a hundred hearts, that’s the Thai navy,” commented one netizen praising the navy’s efforts. Take a look at some other comments below.

(Image: @กองทัพเรือ Royal Thai Navy/Facebook)

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