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A Russian man found floating in an inflatable boat off the Trat coast told police he just wanted to get back to Pattaya.
He had lost his mates and his bicycle was bust so the only way was to row back to Pattaya.
He had been floating for four days.
However, after an interpreter was found and there was a long chat police were understandably suspicious, and have arrested him.
Klong Yai police and foundation medics were alerted Sunday morning after Sao Phromrot, the Phu Yai Ban in Ban Jek Lak, saw an inflatable boat drifting off the coast.
They brought the boat to shore. Inside was a broken down old bicycle, a rice cooker, some clothes, an axe, two oars – and an incoherent Russian man.
An interpreter was summoned. Through Hatdaporn Silachai the unnamed boatman said that he had come with three other friends from Pattaya to Trat.
But he had “lost” his mates and he needed to get back.
His bicycle was broken and he just had the boat so he was getting back that way.
Sanook reported that after several hours of chat in which the Russian was vague and uncooperative the police detained him and took him to the police station.
He had no ID and said he had lost his passport.
They kept him and Sanook intimated they had called immigration though no more details were forthcoming.