A BRITISH man lost in a Thai forest for three days broke down in tears today as he was reunited with his wife.
Barry Weller, 74, survived on rainwater and berries after becoming disorientated in a heavy storm before finally being found on a mountain by local residents.
British man Barry Weller sobbed as he was reunited with his wife after going missing for three days in a forest in Thailand[/caption]
The 74-year-old and partner Tawee thanked the rescue teams[/caption]
Rescuers had been searching for Barry through the day and night[/caption]
Police launched a frantic search for the ex-pat when he failed to return home after a day out on his motorbike in rice fields in Khon Kaen province.
His wife Tawee Leonard feared something terrible had happened when he didn’t message or call, and the area was hit by severe downpours.
The 49-year-old reported Barry missing on September 2, and authorities quickly started a rescue operation.
His motorbike was found in a field in the Nong Saeng forest area, but Barry was nowhere to be seen.
It later emerged he had parked up and taken a walk up the mountain but found himself unable to retrace his steps, the Bangkok Post reports.
Barry managed to survive the ordeal by eating berries from the forest and drinking rainwater during the deluge, according to rescuer Somkuan Wiengkaew who took part in the hunt.
A shoeless barefoot Barry today emerged from the forest with scratches on his body and his shirt torn open, but was delighted to be safely reunited with Tawee.
Holding back tears, he told the rescue team: “Thank you a million times.”
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The couple, who have been living together in the Ubon Rattana district for three years, embraced and Tawee sobbed into his chest.
Barry, believed to originally be from Hastings, East Sussex, was taken to Khao Suan Kwang Hospital to be checked over, the deputy district chief of Ubon Rattana, Pariwat Chailert, said.
Rescuers had hoped to fly thermal drones over the “dense” forest to help locate the missing man, but they had to wait due to the “extensive rainfall”.
Barry last seen by at home on September 1 before heading out on his motorcycle[/caption]
After being found, he was led out of a forest in Khon Kaen province with cuts on his legs[/caption]