Teenager’s final hours before he fell to his death from a fourth-floor balcony during drug-fuelled party on the Gold Coast were caught in ‘sickening and very sad’ Snapchat and Instagram videos
- Cian English 19, partying with group of friends at a Gold Coast apartment, QLD
- He fell off a four storey balcony to his death in Surfers Paradise on Saturday
- Four people suspected to have overdosed on drugs were taken to hospital
- Footage of the party was reportedly shared on Instagram and Snapchat
A drug-fuelled party in a Gold Coast apartment that resulted in the death of a teenager was reportedly broadcast in ‘sickening and very sad’ videos across social media.
Cian English, 19, fell to his death from the balcony on the fourth storey of the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise at around 3am on Saturday.
Four other teenagers aged between 16 and 19 were found in the apartment in varying states of consciousness and were taken to Robina Hospital for treatment for drug overdoses.
A woman said she had seen the tragic night unfold on Instagram and Snapchat.
‘The videos I have seen, they are sickening and so very sad,’ she told the Courier-Mail.
‘It’s not in the best interest of this poor boy’s family to see him like that.’
Cian English, 19, fell to his death from the fourth storey of the View Pacific apartment around 3am on Saturday
A passer-by discovered Mr English’s lifeless body on the pavement before calling emergency services who later found a stash of drugs inside the unit.
Paramedics tried to perform CPR on the 19-year-old, who was from Hawthorne in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs – but they were too late.
Two other 16-year-old boys, believed to be a part of the group, were arrested at around 2.20am between View Avenue and the Esplanade for possessing prescription drugs.
They were also treated by paramedics for showing symptoms associated with drugs.
One party guest told Nine News they left the gathering when someone started waving a knife around and after noticing ice pipes in the apartment.
A total of seven people were found in the unit and four taken to hospital in stable conditions. Up to 12 people were believed to be at the party.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead said the teen had ‘traumatic injuries’.
Four other teenagers were taken to hospital to be treated for drug overdoses following the wild party
The drugs involved were reportedly diazepam or Valium.
‘There was some kind of drugs involved in this situation which caused the incident to occur. Drugs are simply not safe. Even prescribed drugs taken the wrong way are not safe,’ Mr Stead said.
‘No one wants a deceased person, whether they are young or old.
‘Especially a young male who has got his life ahead of him, to have it cut off like this.’
The emergency crews that tried to resuscitate Mr English have since been given welfare checks due to the traumatic incident.
Up to 12 people were believed to have been at the party which ultimately resulted in the death of Mr English
A police investigation has been launched into how the man fell and what may have taken place in the lead-up to his death.
They are not treating his death as suspicious and urge any witnesses with information to come forward.
The teenager’s death is the latest tragedy in a series of balcony plunge deaths in Surfers Paradise.
Liam Kearns, 22, from Christchurch in New Zealand, fell from the 15th floor of the Breakers North building in Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, around 12.30 on on November 13, 2019.
Hamish Bidgood, 18, fell to his death from a balcony after taking nitrous oxide during Schoolies celebrations at the Surfers Regent Apartments.
The teenager’s death is the latest tragedy in a series of balcony plunge deaths in Surfers Paradise