All Thais trapped in Lombok rescued to safety

July 31, 2018  

All the Thai tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani on Lombok island of Indonesia which was hit by a powerful earthquake on Sunday have been brought out to safety,  Thai Ambassador to Jakarta Songphol Sukchan confirmed tonight.
Ambassador Songphol told Thai PBS in a phone interview that embassy officials are working with Indonesian officials to look after the Thais.
Thai PBS reporter Suphaphorn Eldredge also reported from the relief centre at the foot of Mount Rinjani that none of the Thais was hurt and have already been transported out of the area.  She quoted Indonesian officials as saying that they were still trying to help another six Indonesians stranded on the mountain.
Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Bussadee Santipitak said earlier in the evening that all the Thai tourists were in high spirits when they were brought down to a relief centre and were later transported to the town centre in Lombok where they would be provided with lodgings and foods.
Mount Rinjani is a well-known tourist spot popular among trekkers.  Several of the Thai tourists posted message on social media asking for help after they were stranded on the mountain following the earthquake.