Koh Larn, Pattaya —
A 77-year-old Australian man was finally found after going missing while hiking on Koh Larn with minor injuries and exhaustion from his ordeal. Almost 100 people reportedly partook in searching for him.
Baan Koh Larn rescuers received a report from the Pattaya Police Station that a 77-year-old Australian tourist, whose name was withheld, went astray near Samae Beach on Koh Larn yesterday, July 3rd. The man reportedly disappeared from his hiking group consisting of 20 people.
According to reports, almost 100 Baan Koh Larn rescuers and locals screened the areas for the missing man and finally found him sitting deep in the woods after three hours. The 77-year-old man reportedly appeared fatigued, thirsty, and afflicted by several scrapes on his feet. He was then taken to the Baan Koh Larn Medical Center for medical treatment.
According to reports, the man was part of a group of 20 hikers. After finishing a trail on Koh Larn, his company boarded a ferry back to Pattaya without a thorough check and only realized about his disappearance when they arrived at Pattaya. They then contacted Pattaya police to coordinate with Koh Larn rescuers to search for him. It is unclear how the man originally became separated from the group.
The Australian tourist was reportedly making a speedy recovery at the hospital as of press time.