A student died after falling through an eight-floor balcony floor made of gypsum at a university building in Phetchaburi on Monday evening, police said.

 

Natthawut Phuenphothong, 19, a first-year student at Rajabhat University Phetchaburi, had gone upstairs for a smoke with his friends after music practice on the seventh floor of the building in Muang district, the friends told police.

They forgot to bring along their lighter. Natthawut spotted one on the balcony and climbed out the window to pick it up without realising the floor was made of breakable gypsum board.