Merseyside man jumps to his death from 'thrill seeker' bridge in Australia

The 32-year-old was on a night out with friends, who were taking turns leaping from the tourist attraction.
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A man from Merseyside has died after jumping off a bridge while on a night out with friends in Australia. Joshua Christian Santos, 32, from the Wirral, leapt into the water below the Queensland landmark but failed to resurface.

The Noosa Sound Bridge is popular with thrill seekers despite warnings about how dangerous it is. Jumping from the road bridge across the Noosa River had recently been ‘strictly prohibited’ due to construction work.

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Mr Santos had completed one successful jump in the early hours of Sunday morning but went back up for another attempt. He reportedly slipped and hit his head during his second effort and never emerged from the water.

Friends called the emergency services and his body was found about five hours later. A UK Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are supporting the family of a British man who died in Australia and are in contact with the local authorities."

A road bridge spanning the Noosa River at Noosa Heads in Queensland, Australia and Joshua Christian Santos. Image: Jimbocymru/stock.adobe & .gofundme.comA road bridge spanning the Noosa River at Noosa Heads in Queensland, Australia and Joshua Christian Santos. Image: Jimbocymru/stock.adobe & .gofundme.com
A road bridge spanning the Noosa River at Noosa Heads in Queensland, Australia and Joshua Christian Santos. Image: Jimbocymru/stock.adobe & .gofundme.com

A GoFundMe page to help provide funds to bring his body back to the UK has already raised £17,000 of its £20,000 target. Friends said Mr Santos, who had moved to Australia, ‘was in a happy place smashing life with his Aussie tribe and his loving girlfriend, Becca’.