& # 39; I saw him go underneath & # 39;: horror as friends watch as the young Filipino student drowns in front of them while swimming in a notorious waterfall in New Zealand
- Friends have described their sadness about the unexpected death of their friend in NZ
- The Filipino-born victim was swimming with friends at the infamous Whangarei waterfalls
- He swam alone to the center of the well and began to fight to keep his head above water
- Friends saw him disappear under water and a day long search followed
Alex Chapman for daily post Australia
Friends of a young Filipino student who drowned at a notorious waterfall in New Zealand described the horrific moment when he slipped under the surface.
Nursing student Kenny Espinosa (26) was swimming with friends in Whangarei Falls on Friday afternoon when he slipped under water and did not get up again.
His body was repaired just before 17.00 by the Police Dive Squad.
Nursing student Kenny Espinosa, 26, (photo) was swimming with friends in Whangarei Falls on Friday afternoon when he slipped under water and did not get up again
Friends of a drowned Filipino student, 26, have described their horror when they saw how their friend drowned at a notorious waterfall
A friend who wanted to remain anonymous witnessed the incident and spoke about the horror.
"Yes, I've seen him undergo … it's hard to talk right now, and we're at Slachtofferhulp," they told the NZ Herald.
The devastated cousin of Mr. Espinosa in the Philippines went to Facebook to express her sadness about his death.
& # 39; For those who sympathize in the time of our grief … please help us to pray for Kenny's soul. May God bless us all, & # 39; put them on the social platform.
A desperate search was launched for Mr. Espinosa after the young man's friends saw him struggling to stay afloat on the bank of the water, Stuff Northland said.
One of his friends told the publication that he was in trouble in the middle of the water, barely holding his head floating and spitting his mouth full of water before he was completely submerged.
A night dive search yielded no results, with the popular photography spot & # 39; night and closed until Saturday.
The dive search was resumed Saturday morning, with the grim finding confirmed at 16:22.
A night dive quest yielded no results, with the popular photography spot & # 39; night and closed until Saturday
Friends have the young man, who was born in the Philippines but studied nursing in Auckland, remembered as & # 39; cheerful & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He is fun to be around – he is funny, very nice and approachable, & # 39; a friend said.
& # 39; He is physically fit and we did not expect that to happen. & # 39;
His friends and family now speak with the officers for victim support within the New Zealand police.