UPDATE: Man rescued from well in Sattahip that turned out to have been missing for fifteen years returns home to Surin

Chonburi –

A man who was rescued from a well in Sattahip and had been missing from his family for fifteen years has been returned home to Surin.

No, he wasn’t in the well for all that time but had been unaccounted for with his family searching for him, believing he was not dead since suddenly vanishing in Surin way back in 2006.

First, a video version of this story can be found below:

Social media originally led to finding the man who had been missing for about fifteen years. The man had fallen into a well in Sattahip and was rescued, which went viral on social media and local news, leading to his family recognizing him online from news coverage. In shock, they contacted Sattahip authorities to get in touch with him. He had evidently been living in a shack in a forested area for many years, according to his statements. Our original article is below.

Man rescued from well in Sattahip turns out to have been missing for fifteen years after family recognizes him online

Yesterday (August 11), The Kled Kaew Mayor Mr. Yossawat Puwaratlertkun told The Pattaya News, “Mr. Lamead Mueanmai, 55, has tested negative for Covid -19. We have also prepared documents for him to travel from the dark red zone (maximum control) in Chonburi to see his family in Surin. Due to Covid-19 restrictions and rules, this had to be accomplished before he returned home.”

“He went to Prachinburi by our car from the municipality before rescue workers in Surin picked him up and continued their journey to his home,” Yossawat added.

“He has arrived home and is back to his family. His family said thank you to us and Sattahip locals who took care of him. They are very glad as they have not had contact with him for fifteen years.” Yossawat concluded, sharing a photo of the family reuniting below.

It was unclear why Lamead had been missing for fifteen years or what he had been doing during this time and Lamead has continually refused to talk about it, only stating that he was pleased to be reunited with his family.  Lamead appeared to have been living in a dilapidated run-down half-wooden shack/shelter, seen in the picture above, in the woods in Sattahip for many years. Local residents said Lamead stuck to himself, mostly living off the land, and didn’t bother anyone, describing him as a good person but reserved.


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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.