Beyhan Mutlu, from Turkey, reportedly spent several hours with a group of search workers in a bid to help the rescue effort – before discovering who they were looking for
A man who joined in the search after a local went missing was able to help track him down – when he realised it was him that they were looking for.
Beyhan Mutlu, 50, was declared missing by his wife after going out for drinks with friends before wandering off into woods in Cayyaka, Turkey.
The concerned party contacted the police after spending hours trying to contact Mr Mutlu without success.
According to the Daily Sabah website, he had wandered away from his friends in a forest while drunk, sparking concern.
But all ended well after he stumbled upon a group of volunteers in the area who were helping the authorities search for him.
He inadvertently ended up joining the group of rescue workers, before realisation set in as volunteers began shouting his name.
Mutlu was initially confused and asked whom they were trying to locate, Turkish channel NTV reported, before telling them “I am here” when the penny dropped.
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Following the incident, Mr Mutlu was taken aside to give a statement where he pleaded with officers to not punish him harshly.
He was then given a lift home, officials reported, but it is unclear whether he faced any penalty.
In 2012, a woman visiting Iceland took part in a major mountain search operation for a lost tourist before discovering it was for her.
The bizarre mix up occurred in Iceland’s southern volcanic region, a remote but popular walking area for visiting tourists.
The woman in question was reported to have failed to return to her tour bus – but had in fact just changed her clothes.
Police and search teams combed the barren treeless hillsides looking for an Asian woman described as 5ft 2in and wearing dark clothing.
The expedition was called off at 3 am after the woman, who had joined the search, realised the error.
She immediately told the bus driver, who informed the police.