By The Nation
Haad Nopparat Thara-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park rangers recovered the body of Jessada Ngafah, 16, at 2.30am Wednesday.
They’d been manning an office near the Khao Ngon Nak viewpoint when word came that Jessada had disappeared into the pond nearby.
They first found his shoulder bag containing a phone and his sandals at the edge of the pond.
Twenty minutes later the boy’s body was seen floating face down about five metres from the bank.
His friend Ekkapol Sangkhanarod, 21, said Jessada has asked him to go fishing the evening before and they were doing so at separate spots for 10 minutes when Ekkapol noticed he’d vanished.
Ekkapol first returned home to alert Jessada’s family, who then sought help from park rangers.