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Teen dies in horror balcony fall during Schoolies Week celebrations on the Gold Coast

A teenager has plunged to his death from a high rise-during Schoolies celebrations.

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

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

Authorities are currently awaiting the results from 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.

Teenager Hamish Bidgood (left) has plunged to his death from a Gold Coast balcony

Bidgood, 18, fell to his death from a balcony at the Surfers Regent Apartments (pictured)

Bidgood, 18, fell to his death from a balcony at the Surfers Regent Apartments (pictured)

Bidgood was understood to be from Turramurra High School on Sydney’s upper north shore.

He was staying at the Surfers Regent apartments to celebrate the end of his high school studies when he fell off the balcony.

Bidgood had fallen into the grassed pool area of the hotel, with friends jumping the fence to check on him, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The same group say two police officers frantically performed CPR before paramedics also jumped the fence to attempt to revive him.

The area has since been cordoned off. 

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 

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

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

The group of friends he was partying with prior to the tragedy have reportedly returned home.

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

‘He was such a great kid.’

Police will now prepare a report for the coroner.

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

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)

The tragedy 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.

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 

 

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