A young man who drowned at a Queensland waterfall is being remembered as a gentleman with a beautiful soul.
Indian national Abin Philip, 24, was swimming with a group of close friends after travelling to the Sunshine Coast’s Gardners Falls for a day of adventure on Monday.
However, Philip jumped into the water from a rope swing and didn’t resurface.
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His friends tried to find him but were unsuccessful, with his body found by rescuers that evening.
He is remembered as a popular and dedicated member of the community who had a passion for soccer and photography.
“He was a gentleman,” friend Sebastian Sajish told 7NEWS.
“His passion for soccer is second to none. His second passion was photography. He was such a beautiful photographer. He was a very creative guy.
“He has five or six close friends who were with him yesterday.
“So we are trying to support them as much as we can.”
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to send Philip’s body to India for his burial, in accordance with his parent’s wishes.
The GoFundMe campaign had raised more than $13,000 in the hours after it was set up.
“The most important part is supporting the family back home in India,” said Sajish.
“We lost a beautiful friend and a good colleague, but the family is grieving back home in India.
“Our duty is to support them in saying farewell in the best possible way that Abin deserves.”
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