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24-year-old international student drowns in Gardners Falls, Queensland

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A young man has had his life cut short after a day out with friends in Queensland went horribly wrong.

On Monday, emergency services were called to Gardners Falls north of Brisbane after a 24-year-old Indian man had not been seen after swimming in a watering hole.

The man, on Tuesday, was identified as Abin Philip, and was described as “passionate” with a “gentle soul”.

Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to the scene at about 3:30pm, after Mr Philip had reportedly swung out on rope into the water.

It is believed he momentarily resurfaced before being submerged in the water again.

His friends were incredibly distressed as family and emergency services tried to find him.

Senior Sergeant Scott Nolan said police confirmed the worst later on Monday evening.

“An immediate search by family members and emergency services failed to locate the male person,” Sergeant Nolan said.

He said police divers found the man’s body later that evening.

“The family was distraught, which is totally understandable; words can’t describe what they’re going through at the moment.”

Mr Philip, who was an international student from India, had recently finished his studies and had planned to return home soon.

The Indian Consulate has been made aware of the tragedy, which is the third drowning at the location in the past three years.

A report will now be prepared for the coroner.

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