Friends mourn young man killed in waterfall plunge

LOVED LIFE: John Armstrong was killed at Dalwood Falls.
LOVED LIFE: John Armstrong was killed at Dalwood Falls.

A MAN who drowned at Dalwood Falls last Thursday afternoon has been named as John Armstrong, 31, of the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Armstrong, a high school teacher on the Gold Coast, was enjoying the last of the school holidays with his mates at the notorious swimming hole.

After jumping at least 10m from a tree hanging over a steep rock ledge, which surrounds the picturesque falls and swimming hole, he failed to surface and his friends raised the alarm.

His body was retrieved by a police operated robotic device later that evening.

A video of the jump taken by a witness will form part of a police report for the Coroner.

Mr Armstrong's best mate, Dion Guthrie said "Johnny" always lived life to the fullest.

The pair had been friends since their first day of school together at Caloundra Christian College.

"If you were with Johnny, you were always having fun," he said.

"Genuinely, he'd do anything for his mates.

"He loved life, loved hanging out with the boys."

But aside from his fun-loving nature, Mr Guthrie said he was also a "smart guy" having studied sports science at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Armstrong, who lived in Wurtulla before moving south for work two years ago, also loved his family.

His parents lived in China doing missionary work and his two brothers lived in Victoria and Tasmania.

"Family was a massive thing to him, although he didn't see them all the time," Mr Guthrie said.

Mr Armstrong's death would leave a gaping hole across Sunshine Coast communities, Mr Guthrie.

"We're doing all right, it's a bit hard to sink in," he said.

"Everyone thought Johnny was invincible, everyone was saying that.

"All you had to do was tell him he wouldn't do something and he'd do it.

"He was always jumping off stuff," Mr Guthrie said.

"Every weekend, if he wasn't at the surf, he was wanting to go up to some waterfall."



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