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Young tourist found safe in Thailand a week after telling parents a 'man would not let him leave'

Scott D'Arcy

Published 17/12/2015 | 08:59

Facebook image of Jordan Jacobs, 21, from Lyneham, Wiltshire, whose family has appealed for help after he went missing in Thailand
Facebook image of Jordan Jacobs, 21, from Lyneham, Wiltshire, whose family has appealed for help after he went missing in Thailand

A British man who disappeared in Thailand almost a week ago has been found safe and well.

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The UK Foreign Office said Jordan Jacobs, from Lyneham, Wiltshire, was located by local authorities on the popular tourist island of Koh Phi Phi.

A spokeswoman said: "Our embassy staff have spoken with him to check on his welfare and we will remain in contact with his family to provide any further assistance required."Wiltshire Police confirmed Mr Jacobs, 21, had made contact with his family within the last 24 hours, assuring them he is safe.Wiltshire Police confirmed Mr Jacobs, 21, had made contact with his family within the last 24 hours, assuring them he is safe.

A spokesman for the force said: "He has been in touch with his family saying he is safe and well. We believe this was in the last day."

Mr Jacobs's family became concerned after receiving a phone call from him on Monday when he told them he had "said too much" and "can't talk".

His sister Emily said in a Facebook post it was believed her brother accepted a free ride to Ko Phi Phi Don from a Thai man he met near a laundrette close to the Pak Up hostel, in the Krabi district of the mainland.

Later, he borrowed a phone from another traveller and made contact with his family.

Ms Jacobs told the Mail Online: "Saturday morning my mum received a message via Facebook from my brother which basically said he can never see us again, that he is sorry he can't see us one last time, that he loved us etc.

"He was upset and said that the man wouldn't let him leave. That he was scared of him.

"This is not like my brother. Only last week he was talking about coming home for Christmas."

Today, the UK Foreign Office confirmed: "Jordan Jacobs has been located by local authorities in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, and is safe and well."

Police in Ko Phi Phi have said Mr Jacobs was found by officers walking in Loh Dalum Bay and they believe he was on his way to a diving centre.

A spokesman for the force said: "He was walking around, he was looking for a diving centre either to apply for a job or do a course.

"We took him to the police station and contacted the embassy and explained everything. He is fine and healthy."

The police added that Mr Jacobs had been carrying enough money on him to last several days in the area and has since been released from the station.

He told them he had been without internet access for several days and the spokesman said this had left his family back home "going through worry".

They also said he was due to have his visa extended in the nearest mainland of Krabi after arriving in Thailand from Cambodia a few weeks ago.

A recent post on Mr Jacobs's Facebook said: "Hey guys. I'm fine my parents are just over reacting because I said I'm not coming home for a whole and haven't had internet for a long time stop worrying."

The post was photographed and reposted by Lara Lain, who also lives in Koh Phi Phi. She said: "This all got out of hand."

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