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Tragedy as a Chinese student, 21, was found dead while kayaking in the waters of North Stradbroke Island

Tragedy as Chinese student, 21, is found dead after being separated from friends while kayaking in Brisbane waters

  • A group of friends returned to North Stradbroke Island from Peel Island
  • They were separated at around 5:00 PM in rain and lack of light
  • The authorities and rescue teams were called and the police started the search at 5:30 PM
  • Fourteen water police and volunteer vessels searched for the man at night
  • The student’s body was found in the Rous Channel at 7.15am on Thursday

A 21-year-old Chinese student was found dead after being separated from his friends while kayaking between the islands off Brisbane.

The man and six friends paddle out from Peel Island in Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island on Wednesday afternoon when the weather changed.

The group, traveling in four kayaks, were separated at approximately 5:00 PM in rain and in poor light.

The authorities and rescue teams were notified, and the police started the search at around 5:30 PM.

Fourteen water police vessels and volunteers searched at night, before the student’s body was found in the Rous Channel at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday.

One of the man’s friends had raised the alarm after the group was separated.

Timeline of the tragedy

Wednesday 5:00 pm: The group is separated as they head back to North Stradbroke Island

5.30 pm: the authorities are called and the police start searching

6.30 pm: The water police find four of the kayakers

9:00 pm: Two others can be found near Amity Banks

Thursday 7:15 am: The body of the remaining kayaker, 21, is found in the Rous Channel

The water police found four of the kayakers on Wednesday at 6:30 PM, while two others were found around 9:00 PM near Amity Banks.

Senior Sergeant Gary Worrel said everyone in the group wore life jackets and told people where they were going.

“It was just an unfortunate set of weather conditions. It is a sad result, “he said.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to the families, the international student community and the university involved in this event.”

Queensland Police said there are no suspicious circumstances and that the police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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