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Chilling Snapchat message moments before a Schoolie fell to his death from Surfers Paradise balcony

Details of an eerie social media post made in the hours before a Schoolie plunged to his death have emerged.

Sydney-born Hamish Bidgood, 18, fell from a high-rise balcony at the Surfers Regent Apartments in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast about 5am on Thursday.

Earlier in the night, Bidgood had been filmed by his friends in a chilling Snapchat video captioned: ‘This is the beginning of the end for Hamish Bidgood’.

An eerie video predicting the ‘beginning of the end’ of Hamish Bidgood (pictured) was made hours before he died

In the video, which has since been deleted from social media, Bidgood can be seen partying with his mates, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Hours later, he fell 11 storeys from the high-rise and died.

Distraught friends of the school leaver jumped the fence of the grassed pool area of the hotel he had fallen into.

Two police officers attempted CPR before giving way to paramedics who unsuccessfully attempted to revive him. 

Bidgood, 18 (left) was filmed partying with fellow Schoolies  before he plunged to his death

Bidgood, 18 (left) was filmed partying with fellow Schoolies before he plunged to his death

The tragedy occurred at  Surfers Regent Apartments (pictured) in the centre of the Gold Coast

The tragedy occurred at Surfers Regent Apartments (pictured) in the centre of the Gold Coast

Bidgood’s friends, who were also from Turramurra High School in Sydney’s upper north shore, have ended their celebrations early and returned home.

‘I’m absolutely gutted,’ one of his friends said.

‘He was such a great kid.’

Counselling is being offered to fellow school leavers on the Gold Coast following the teen’s death. 

The graduates’ return comes as the 18-year-old’s devastated parents, Des and Lyn Bidgood, along with his brothers Daniel and Oliver, made their way to Surfers Paradise on Thursday afternoon.

Bidgood's (pictured) friends have returned home following the tragedy on Thursday morning 

Bidgood’s (pictured) friends have returned home following the tragedy on Thursday morning 

Bidgood fell into the grassed pool area of the Surfers Regent Apartments. Pictured is a balcony from the building

Bidgood fell into the grassed pool area of the Surfers Regent Apartments. Pictured is a balcony from the building

There are claims he had inhaled nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas or nangs, before he fell, the Courier Mail reported.

More than a dozen canisters used for administering a 20-second high were found in the vicinity of the hotel.

Authorities are waiting for the results of a toxicology test to determine whether any drugs or alcohol were in the young man’s system, though the death is being treating as ‘non-suspicious’, a police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.

Red Frogs coordinator Andy Gourley declined to comment but confirmed the volunteer group was speaking with police.

Police will now prepare a report for the Coroner.

Balcony safety during Schoolies

Dangerous behaviour on balconies can lead to eviction and even police arrests. The Queensland Government has issued some tips on balcony safety to keep young people safe during their Schoolies week.

  • Don’t sit on, lean over, climb or hang off the side of balconies. Accidents happen – you could slip and fall
  • Never ‘room hop’ from balcony to balcony. One wrong move could prove fatal
  • Avoid overcrowding. Take it inside or head down to the beach party
  • Don’t throw objects – Schoolies is a very busy time and there may be people walking below. Objects thrown or dropped from a height can become dangerous projectiles when they reach the ground

Source: QLD Government 

Bidgood was believed to be celebrating with a friend from Turramurra High School (pictured)

Bidgood was believed to be celebrating with a friend from Turramurra High School (pictured)

His death comes just days after police warned skylarking on high-rise balconies at Schoolies, known as ‘ledging’, was a ‘disaster waiting to happen’.

Videos shared across social media show teens teetering on the edges balconies while drinking from their shoes.

The hijinks prompted calls for high-rise balconies to be locked off during the end-of-school celebrations.

A 17-year-old girl also fell to hear death from a balcony during Schoolies in 2012.

In that instance, Isabelle Colman fell from the 26th floor of the Chevron Renaissance, only two kilometres from the Surfers Regent Apartments.

In the month before, three others had fallen to their deaths from Gold Coast skyscrapers.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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