A drunken man who had been reported missing spent hours with a search party looking for himself, report says

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  • A Turkish man was reported missing after not returning home following a night out, reports say.

  • He joined his own search party and combed the woods for several hours, The Times reports.

  • When a potential rescuer shouted his name, he realized they were looking for him, reports say.

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A drunken construction worker who had been reported missing spent hours with a search party looking for himself on Tuesday, according to reports.

Relatives of Beyhan Mutlu, 50, reportedly became concerned when he didn't return home after a night drinking with his friends in Inegöl in Turkey's Bursa province, The Times reported.

His wife was unable to reach him on his cellphone, and officials were advised that his friends lost him after he wandered into a forest, the Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah said.

A search party was sent for, and Mutlu joined the volunteers in looking through the woods, according to The Times.

During the hourslong search, in the dark of night, a potential rescuer shouted Mutlu's name. It was then that he realized the search party was looking for him. "Who are we looking for? I am here," he reportedly said.

Speaking to Daily Sabah, Mutlu said that there "really was no need" for his friends to report him as missing. 

"Basically, I'm paying for my friends' mistakes," he said. "What happened is all like a joke."

Authorities later gave Mutlu a drive home after taking a police statement, Daily Sabah reported.

A similar incident took place in Iceland in 2012, according to The Times.

An Asian tourist reported missing was found among a search party after she failed to recognize the description of herself, The Times said.

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