Emergency services at the scene where a 22-year-old man died after jumping off a bridge near Coraki.
Emergency services at the scene where a 22-year-old man died after jumping off a bridge near Coraki. Claudia Jambor

TRIBUTES: 22-year-old man remembered as 'young legend'

UPDATE, 1.35pm: LOVED ones have taken to social media to grieve the loss of a 22-year-old Coraki man who died after jumping off the East Coraki Bridge on Adams St, Coraki.

One friend reflected on his "infectious smile" and said: "I will hold your memory tightly within my heart and there you will remain."

The Coraki local was remembered as "a lovely young man" who always had a big smile on his face in another post, which also said he was the "apple of his mother's eye" and expressed condolences to the man's family.

A "young legend" was how another friend honoured the 22-year-old's memory.

The man's body was found by police this morning after a 24 hour search effort that began yesterday morning.

Out of respect to the family, police have not released the man's name.

 

UPDATE, 12.10pm: RICHMOND Valley mayor, Robert Mustow expressed his condolences to family and friends of the 22-year-old Coraki man who died at the weekend.

Cr Mustow described the death as "a tragedy" for the close community.

"Everyone is pretty close knit," Cr Mustow said.

"It's really something that the family needs time."

 

UPDATE, 10.15am: POLICE have recovered the body of a 22-year-old man in Coraki this morning.

The man was discovered by police about 50m downstream from the bridge at Adams St shortly after 9am.

Family and friends are maintaining a vigil at the scene.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Police from Queensland and Marine Area Command officers based in Coffs Harbour were also involved in the search.

 

UPDATE, Monday, 9.15am: MARINE Area Command police officers from Coffs Harbour are on scene at the Richmond River in Coraki to help local police and SES crews search for a missing 22-year-old man.

A mass search was triggered after the man failed to re-surface after reportedly jumped off a bridge at Adam Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police divers hit the water of the Richmond River near Coraki shortly after first light this morning as the search continues for a 22-year-old man.

About two SES boats and a police vessel are on the water assisting divers.

Sergeant Craig Ahrens said a "fairly full day" of searching is expected with about 20 police and SES crews on scene.

Sgt Ahrens said there has been no indication the man has emerged from the water in the last 24 hours.

He said it was a "grim situation" for all involved with police holding grave concerns for the man's welfare. 

The search at this stage is expected to continue until late this afternoon.

 

SUNDAY, 3.30pm: Police are still searching the Richmond River at Coraki for the body of a 22-year-old man who jumped off a bridge early Sunday morning and failed to surface.

Emergency services, including ten police crew, 25 SES officers and a diving unit are expected to continue their search until dusk.

A group of family and friends have gathered at the scene and are being assisted by a police chaplain and the Salvation Army.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

INITIAL REPORT 8.30am:

A search is underway of the Richmond River after a man jumped off a bridge at Coraki this morning and failed to surface.

Police were called to the bridge on Adam Street, Coraki, about 6am on Sunday, by family members who reported the 22-year-old man had jumped into the river about 20 minutes earlier and had not been seen since.

Police Rescue from Lismore is co-ordinating the search which involves police from Richmond Local Area Command, the LifeSaver4 helicopter, and SES crews from Lismore and Woodburn.

The SES crews are searching the river in three boats.

Police search the river at Coraki.
Police search the river at Coraki.

A large group of family members at the scene is being assisted by local police and Salvation Army officers.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.

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