Drowning victim identified as swimming hole reopens
The 40-year-old man who died at Gardners Falls on Tuesday afternoon has been identified as a Nepalese citizen who had been in Australia for 18 months.
The man sadly drowned while swimming at the popular water hole on Australia Day.
Police divers retrieved the man's body from the water just after 8pm, close to where his family last saw him.
Acting Inspector John Mahony said the man had jumped from a rock into the water about 4.45pm.
"The man momentarily surfaced and was seen to submerge from the surface of the water and failed to resurface," he said.
He said the man's family saw him go under again.
When he did not resurface they began searching and were joined by members of the community.
Acting Inspector Mahony said emergency crews including police arrived and searched the water but were unsuccessful.
A police diving team was then called in.
Divers found the man's body at the bottom of the water hole just after 8pm, close to where he was last seen.
"It would appear that the deceased has not hit a rock, or been caught under the water," he said.
"He may well have drowned, however investigations into the cause of death are continuing."
Acting Inspector Mahony said the man was not a strong swimmer, but said whether that was the cause of death was under investigation.
Police have not ruled out a medical episode as a cause.
"The police dive squad did respond in a professional and timely manner, and as a result they were able to retrieve the body of the deceased within a few hours of the deceased actually going missing," he said.
"We commend the family and other members of the public for conducting that immediate search for the deceased person."
The man had been living in Australia for about 18 months and was staying with family members in Caloundra.
Gardners Falls was reopened to the public on Wednesday morning, but visitors have been told to remember the risks.
"There's been a number of water-related deaths in recent times in Australia, with our hot weather at the moment people are swimming in these water holes," Acting Inspector Mahony said.
"Our advice is use extreme caution, if you are not a strong swimmer, use caution.
"Any of that type of activity (jumping from the rocks) is risky behaviour."