By COLlive Staff
Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm, Director of the Ohr Menachem – Chabad House in Bangkok, Thailand, received a call last Friday from a Jew who lives in Toronto, asking for help.
The man said that his parents had arrived in Thailand on Thursday afternoon. He related that during the night, his mother left her room and just disappeared. On Friday morning, she was still missing.
“I immediately went out with our head of security to the hotel, we took the husband of the missing woman to the police, who came out with us and started looking for her,” Rabbi Wilhelm said.
After an hour of searching with dozens of police officers, the search party located her in a hole in the ground near the hotel pool, in a shaft about three meters deep, near the cooling rooms.
“We realized that it was problematic to remove her like this,” Rabbi Wilhelm said. “We asked them to cut open the cooling room to get to her. When she was finally rescued she was unconscious and very exhausted.”
The woman was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where they examined her.
Miraculously, she had escaped without any broken bones, and without any serious injuries, and she soon regained consciousness.
“Right now she feels good, we believe that she will be released soon,” Rabbi Wilhelm said.
Four years ago, Rabbi Wilhelm and his wife received the Israel Prize for Unity of Jerusalem at the President’s Residence – in recognition of his work for the Jewish people in the Far East.