Teen killed in Schoolies ‘balcony fall’

A TEENAGER from New South Wales has tragically died after falling from a high-rise balcony while celebrating schoolies week on the Gold Coast.

The 18-year-old male is believed to have fallen to his death from the 10th floor of the Surf Regency Holiday Apartments on Laycock Street in Surfers Paradise early on Thursday morning.

Emergency services were called to the hotel’s pool area about 5am. Sadly, the teen could not be saved.


There are unconfirmed reports suggesting the teen, who has been identified as Turramurra High School graduate Hamish Bidgood, may have been inhaling nitrous oxide before falling.

He is believed to have been alone in the apartment at the time.

According to the Daily Telegraph, police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

It’s understood his mates have cut their celebrations short to return home and are being offered counselling.

The tragedy occurred during week two of Schoolies celebrations, though a Queensland Police spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm reports that the teen was an interstate school leaver.

The spokeswoman said the teenager’s death was not being treated as suspicious and said police will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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Sad but stupid on his part.

So stupid he has paid with his life.