9 February 2024

Man's body found after he went into river near Uriarra Crossing

| Albert McKnight
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A 23-year-old died after he went into the river near the Uriarra Crossing bridge. Photo: Swimming Hole Heaven.

The body of a man has been recovered from the Murrumbidgee River after he went into the water in Canberra’s west.

ACT Policing said the 23-year-old died after an incident at the river on Thursday (8 February).

At around 5:40 pm that afternoon, emergency services heard he had gone into the water near the Uriarra Crossing bridge and failed to surface.

ACT Policing, AFP Search and Rescue, ACT Fire & Rescue and the SES began a search for the man. His body was found in the water at around 8:35 pm.

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ACT Policing will prepare a report for the coroner.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not already spoken to police is urged to contact ACT Policing on 131 444. Quote reference 7668984.

The National Drowning Report 2023 showed there were 281 drowning deaths in the 2022-23 financial year across Australia, and 103 of those (37 per cent) occurred in inland waterways.

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