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3 from missing Thai helicopter walk to village

3 from Thai rescue helicopter that disappeared 10 days ago walk into Myanmar village

3 from missing Thai helicopter walk to village

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Three people who were on board a Thai rescue helicopter that disappeared 10 days ago were safe Tuesday afternoon after walking "many miles" to reach a Myanmar village, a foundation searching for them said.

Photos shared by the Htoo Foundation on Facebook showed the trio looking fit and well.

"All three of them walked for many miles and reached Nankha village near Naungmon in northern Kachin state this afternoon. They are well enough to walk many miles," foundation spokesman Phyo Ko Ko said.

The helicopter left Putao airport in Kachin state on Sept. 27 to drop food for a team searching for two Myanmar mountain climbers who scaled Southeast Asia's highest peak on Aug. 31.

The foundation has been leading the search effort for the helicopter and the climbers. Phyo Ko Ko declined to give details about the helicopter.

The two climbers reached the ice-capped summit of 5,881-meter (19,300-foot) Hkakabo Razi mountain but reported before making their descent that their radio battery was weak. They were supposed to reconnect with their colleagues at base camp on Sept. 9, but did not show up.

The search for the climbers involved helicopters from Thailand, the U.S. and China, as well as other mountaineers.


Updated : 2021-06-15 16:18 GMT+08:00