A 19-year-old man who died at the Hanging Rock Falls swimming hole near Nimbin on Tuesday had been on his way to the Falls Festival in Byron shire with friends, police say.
The man’s body was recovered by police divers yesterday morning.
Richmond Local Area Command police said the man, from the Illawarra, travelled to the north coast for the festival with a group of around 15 friends who decided to escape Tuesday’s heat by swimming at the popular watering hole northwest of Nimbin.
It’s believed he hit his head on the rock wall of the hole while using the rope swing then fallen into the water where he failed to surface.
Several of his friends desperately tried to find him.
A team of four police divers from Sydney found the 19-year-old’s body close to the base of the cliff.
The man’s mother travelled to the northern rivers yesterday afternoon to identify the body.
It is the third death at the watering hole in the past 10 years. Many other serious injuries have also occurred there.
In 2010, a 14-year-old Queensland teenager died when he slipped off the cliff face into the water while trying to access the rope swing. In 2003 a Canadian tourist died after being trapped under a submerged ledge.
The Youtube video above shows the Hanging Rock Falls waterhole and rope swing popular with young men.