Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bay Man's Death Plunge

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Bay Man's Death Plunge

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Byline: Steve Zemek

A FORMER Hervey Bay man who fell to his death off a Caloundra balcony has been described by friends and neighbours as a great bloke and devoted single dad.

The father-of-two was killed on Wednesday afternoon after attempting to rappel from the roof of his unit block on to his top floor balcony after locking himself out of his apartment.

The man's family declined to release his full name, but friends and neighbours described John as a "salt of the earth bloke".

One friend said that just a day before his death John had complained that it cost him $190 to replace a lost key, which he could not afford.

Witnesses described how John and a mate were on the roof of the complex and were attempting to lower him on to the balcony directly below using a belt.

They said John had wrapped the belt around his wrists while a friend was standing on the roof and holding the other end. …

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