Missing American tourist, body found in Thailand

Members of a rescue team began searching for a missing American tourist at the Ratchaprapa dam in Surat Thani on Friday. The man's body was found floating in the reservoir on Monday night. (Photo by Supapong Chaolan)

The body of a missing American tourist was found floating near a privately-run raft resort at the Ratchaprapa dam on Monday, three days after he disappeared while swimming in the reservoir.

The body of Jordan William Scott, 30, was found near Ploenprai floating raft resort at the dam, said Viroj Rojjanajinda, head of the Khao Sok National Park.

The American tourist went missing while swimming with five friends in the dam reservoir in Ban Ta Khun district on June 8. After jumping into the water for the second time, his friends said, he did not resurface.

Divers began the search on Friday but did not locate his body until Monday night. The body was sent to Ban Ta Khun hospital for a post-mortem examination before being collected by relatives for funeral rites.

The operator of Ploenprai resort had reportedly taken out accident insurance of one million baht per customer, and planned to give that amount to the dead man’s family.

The Khao Sok National Park, which supervises the Ratchaprapa dam, on Wednesday will hold a meeting with operators of floating raft bungalows and resorts at the dam, reminding them to take all safety precautions for their guests. – Bangkok Post

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