Eleven American college students who got lost in a jungle in Thailand were rescued by authorities after climbing to the top of a waterfall and using their cell phones to ask for help.
Officials said the students, aged 18 to 22, were in Thailand on a six-week exchange program at the Faculty of Sciences of Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The young scientists, 10 women and one man, entered the path near the Huai Tueng Thao reservoir for an excursion on Wednesday at 2 p.m. M., Coconuts Bangkok informed.
Eleven US university exchange students were rescued after getting lost in a jungle in Thailand during a field trip on Wednesday. They are shown here with their rescue group
About two hours into the trip, they were lost.
In an attempt to rescue themselves, the Americans continued to walk through the jungle, hoping to find a local village or some other outlet outside the jungle, local media Sanook reported.
The group ended up on a cliff above the Tak Mok waterfall, between 700 and 1,000 feet high, as night fell.
Around 7 p.m., the students managed to get the cell phone reception and called the tourist office, sending them their GPS location.
Officials from Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and the Huay Tueng Tao Reservoir Tourism Office, as well as soldiers and other rescuers found the students early Thursday morning, Thai residents reported.
The students, between 18 and 22 years old, entered the national park around 2 p.m. In two hours, they got lost in the jungle and spent the next five hours trying to find a way out
The students were rescued early Thursday after climbing to the top of a cliff and being able to receive cell phone reception again.
Five hours after entering the jungle, the students climbed a cliff over the Tak Mok waterfall, where they were able to obtain a cell phone signal and send their GPS coordinates to the authorities.
It is said that the students were 2.5 miles from the entrance of the trail. The Rangers drove to their location and then walked about a half mile further into the jungle to reach the group.
A video posted on Facebook by PR Thai Government shows the moments when the students were found and left the jungle.
According to Colonel Supakorn Ruensati, who manages the tourist office, it is assumed that tourists must obtain an official permit to walk in that area and must be accompanied by park rangers for their safety.
Authorities said the students said they did not know the rules, despite signs prohibiting unsupervised entry, Chiang Mai News reported.
The authorities have not yet named the rescued students.