British backpacker Luke Miller found dead on Thailand island Koh Tao

Incident comes 15 months after Britons Hannah Witheridge and David Miller were killed on the same island

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The body of a young British backpacker has been recovered on the Thai island of Koh Tao.

Luke Miller, 27, of Newport, Isle of Wight, was discovered by hotel staff floating in a swimming pool.

His death comes just days after he posted a New Year's Eve message on Facebook in which he told how he was "living the dream."

The circumstances of his death are currently unclear, and local police are investigating.  It is believed that Mr Miller travelled to the country on 22 December for a five-week holiday.

A fundraising page has been set up to raise money to bring Mr Miller's body back to the UK, which has so far raised over £5000.

Friends have paid tributes on social media, with one writing wrote on Facebook: "R.I.P big brother Luke Miller, I love you forever and always you April Fool."

Koh Tao is the same island on which Hannah Witheridge, 23 and David Miller, both from the UK, were murdered in 2014.

Bar workers Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, also known as Win Zaw Htun, were found guilty of their murders.