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Missing selfie-snapping Tahoe tourist turns up in Missouri

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A photo of the missing man and another unidentified man found on his GoPro camera.

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A photo of Zbigniew Zibi Moryn found on his GoPro camera.

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A missing Lake Tahoe paddle boarder, whose selfies were released by authorities in hopes of identifying him after his board was found abandoned, has turned up in Missouri. Zbigniew Zibi Moryn, a tourist from Poland, swam to shore after falling off the board and continued on his U.S. vacation, none the worse for wear and oblivious to the search for him until this week, South Lake Tahoe police said.

A local boat rental company reported a customer they identified as Morym missing Aug.

11 after his GoPro camera, selfie stick and life jacket were found by a boater in the unoccupied paddle board about half a mile from a marina. The customer had rented the board at 3:30 p.m. for an hour, according to police. Authorities released several pictures in hopes that it would help them identify the man.

In the end, police used tips from the public, social media clues and photos from Moryn s camera to find his travel companion, a man living in Arizona, who told police that Moryn was visiting from Poland and was alive and in Missouri. Then, on Tuesday morning, Moryn called South Lake Tahoe Police to tell them he was safe. He went to a police department in Missouri to confirm his presence.

Moryn explained that, while on the rented paddle board on Lake Tahoe, a personal water craft had ridden close enough to him to cause a significant wake, South Lake Tahoe police said in a statement. This wake, combined with strong winds blowing across the water at the time, caused Moryn to fall off of the board into the cold water. Moryn, who was not wearing a life jacket, saw his paddle board blow away from him and decided to swim to shore, thinking it would be safer than chasing after the board, police said.

He abandoned the board to Lake Tahoe and returned the oar to the business where he rented the board with no further explanation, police said.

Shortly afterward, Moryn left the Tahoe area to continue his travels.

Police are sending Moryn s GoPro camera back to him in the mail.

Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle1 staff writer.

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