The Ramsey County Water Patrol found his body Wednesday, June 9, just downstream from the Lilydale boat launch in St. Paul about 10:15 a.m.
“We want to say thank you to the police who looked for Ashok,” said Ashok’s brother, Arjun Pradhan. “They worked hard. They looked and searched for him like he was their own son or brother.”
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner confirmed the boy’s identity Wednesday.
The family has begun planning his funeral and has set up a GoFundMe account to help with expenses.
The family went to Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul on Monday. The sandy beaches attract waders who often don’t see the posted signs about the dangers of the swift current.
That’s what Arjun said happened to his brother. He said Ashok loved playing in the waves. He was walking on rocks when he suddenly slipped. He yelled for help and his family members jumped in, trying to save him, but he was gone.
“In one second, a wave can swiftly take away your kids and your happiness as it