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A German yachtsman caught in heavy seas after his boat developed engine trouble had nothing but praise for the Thai people who helped rescue him on Monday.
Jens Kroll, 50 and his daughter Thessa, 13, were on their way back from Satun to Krabi when the trouble began off the coast of Trang, reports tnamcot.
He weighed anchor and radioed for help. The seas were high and it was a scary experience.
A fishing trawler called Thanorm Thalee 8 came to his aid and towed him to shore where a repairman spent two hours trying to repair the engine to no avail.
Local authorities then arranged for a long tail boat to tow the Nuku Alofa vessel the rest of the way to its home base in Krabi.
Mr Kroll enthused about the help he and his daughter had received: “We are very happy with all the help we got in these difficult circumstances. The fishing vessel refused to accept any money for the tow despite me being willing to pay. And the repairman refused to charge us when he couldn’t repair the engine.
“I would also like to thank the authorities for all their help in getting us back to base,” he added.
Mr Kroll spend around six months of the year in Thailand and six months working in his native Germany.
Thai Visa / tnamcot