Missing American Found in Some Rocks on Koh Lipe

Police with Charles Kosydar on Thursday under a pile of rocks on Koh Lipe's Sunset Beach.

SATUN — A missing American tourist was found hiding in a pile of boulders Thursday on Koh Lipe after his worried friends went to the police.

Satun police said Charles Kosydar, 39, was reported missing in the early hours of Tuesday. He was found at 12:30pm today after island residents told police a man resembling him was seen near the rocks on Sunset Beach.

Police discovered an exhausted Kosydar under the rocks with small cuts on his hand. He was taken to a local health office for treatment.

Kosydar, who came to Lipe with three friends, reportedly apologized to the authorities for having caused a hassle. In an email to Khaosod English in July 2019, Kosydar said he was “incapacitated and needed to be rescued.”

“I was injured when I was by myself and unable to get help on my own,” he wrote.

He told police he would continue the trip with his friends and promised he wouldn’t go missing again.

Police lead Charles Kosydar away Thursday from a pile of rocks where he sought solitude on Koh Lipe's Sunset Beach.
Police lead Charles Kosydar away Thursday from a pile of rocks on Koh Lipe’s Sunset Beach.

Update: The article has been updated July 2019 following an email from Kosydar. He said he was not seeking solitude on the rocks, but was incapacitated and needed rescue.