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Gibraltar Falls: Young man is second person to plunge to his death at popular tourist spot

Second person plunges to their death at a tourist hotspot in less than a week – after a 19-year-old lost his life

  • A man, 22, has plunged from  popular Gibraltar Falls
  • Thomas Livingston, 19, fell from the same cliff and died
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A young man has fallen off a cliff at a popular waterfall marking the second death at the tourist hotspot in a week.

The 22-year-old plunged from Gibraltar Falls, south-west of Canberra, at about 5.25pm on Saturday.

Emergency workers responded to reports that the man had fallen and could not be located.

Thomas Livingston (pictured), 19, fell from Gibraltar Falls at about 11.15am last Sunday

He was found unconscious in the water at about 6pm but could not be revived. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

The man is the second person to die at the location in the past seven days after 19-year-old Thomas Livingston fell from the same cliff at 11.15am last Sunday.

Paramedics raced to the scene but he could not be revived. 

Public access to the waterfall will remain closed until a safety review is completed, which may take a number of weeks.

Mr Livingston was a member of the Sydney Rowing Club and had moved to Canberra from NSW to attend the Australian National University.

Rowing NSW paid tribute to the young man in a statement, remembering him as a ‘hardworking oarsman’.

‘Tom was a down-to-earth, hardworking oarsman, having rowed and been Captain of Boats and a senior prefect at his school Shore,’ the club wrote. 

Mr Livingston was selected in the Australian under-19 men’s eight but was unable to tour due to the pandemic.

‘Rowing Australia is incredibly saddened to hear of the tragic passing of Tom Livingstone over the weekend,’ the club wrote.

‘We send our deepest condolences to Tom’s family and friends.’

A 22-year-old plunged from Gibraltar Falls (pictured), south-west of Canberra, at about 5.25pm on Saturday

A 22-year-old plunged from Gibraltar Falls (pictured), south-west of Canberra, at about 5.25pm on Saturday


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