Police have told Echonetdaily they are awaiting a coroner’s report into the cause of death of Kingscliff High School student Riley Gillespie, who died during a PE class at Cudgen Creek on Friday.
Police say Gillespie managed to get out of the water but collapsed on the bank of the creek.
Teachers commenced CPR on Riley and called paramedics. They continued to attempt to resuscitate him on the way to Tweed Heads Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Police say the cause of death is so far unknown but it did not appear to be drowning.
Tributes have flowed for the teenager and counselling has been made available to fellow students and staff at the school.