Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Man Drowns at Water Hole

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Man Drowns at Water Hole

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Byline: Tara Miko tara.miko@thechronicle.com.au

THE death of a Highfields man at a popular swimming hole north of Toowoomba is being treated as a tragic accident as his family comes to grips with the sudden loss.

Highfields man Blaze Alexander, 20, had gone with a group of friends to escape Sunday's heat by swimming in one of the region's favoured swimming holes at Coomba Falls.

There they spent the early afternoon climbing rocks and diving into the deep water when tragedy struck.

Around 12.15pm Sunday, Mr Alexander climbed the 15m high rocks and jumped.

Witnesses report he landed in the water and resurfaced once before going under again and disappearing.

His friends dived desperately in the area to try and locate him while people on the banks called emergency services.

Kingaroy police Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Duane Frank said officers worked alongside Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' swift water rescue teams to try and locate him Sunday afternoon before the search was called off. …

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