The jungle from the center of Vietnam has served as a refuge to Ho Van Thanh and his son Ho Van Lang, who since 1971 have remained isolated there as the shipwrecked “Swiss Robinson family”, after their home was bombed during the war in that country.
The daily “Thanh Nien” (Youth), reported that both took refuge in a log cabin that they built up in a tree, and where the authorities arrived last Wednesday to return them to civilization.
The rescue team found them covered with tail covers and using weapons and utensils that they had manufactured with materials that were found in their environment, also near the cabin they had a small orchard, where they planted and gathered fruits and tobacco.
Their whereabouts became known 40 years ago, when another of the sons of Ho Van Thanh managed to save himself from the bombing, grew up with a family member, and in 1983 he managed to find his family with the help of an uncle, but failed to convince them to return to civilization.
Yesterday, Ho Van Thanh, who today is 82 years old, was transported in a hammock to civilization since it is too weak to walk on its own.