Schoolie, 18, plummets to his death from a balcony in Surfers Paradise ‘after inhaling laughing gas’ while celebrating the end of his exams
- An 18-year-old boy has died after falling from a balcony in Surfers Paradise, QLD
- He was celebrating Schoolies with his friends before he plunged to his death
- Unconfirmed claims suggest the boy had inhaled nitrous oxide before his death
- The boy was from Turramurra High School on Sydney’s upper north shore
A teenager has plunged to his death from a high rise’s balcony during Schoolies celebrations.
The 18-year-old from Sydney fell from a balcony at the Surfers Regent Apartments on Laycock Street in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast at 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.
‘Police are treating the death as non suspicious,’ a Queensland Police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
The teenage was from Turramurra High School on Sydney’s upper north shore.
Police have confirmed a New South Wales man, 18 was found dead in Laycock Street (pictured) in Surfers Paradise on Thursday morning
He was staying at the Surfers Regent apartments with friends to celebrate finishing school when he fell off a balcony.
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.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.
The teenager’s death comes after police issued a warning to Schoolies about staying safe on balconies.
Videos and pictures have emerged on social media showing some revellers drinking beer over the edge of balconies, however that is not believed to have been the case on this occasion.
More to come.
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
Three female revellers are seen standing on their balcony during this year’s Schoolies on a Gold Coast high-rise apartment