A day out with friends at a resort creek along the Linden Soesdyke Highway turned into tragedy on Monday when a young soldier reportedly plunged to his death in the creek.
The dead man has been identified as 23-year-old Wayne Paul. According to reports, the young man and a group of friends decided to spend the holiday at one of the creeks along the Linden Soesdyke Highway and all was going well until Paul decided to plunge into the creek from the bridge on the highway. The impact into the water and the shallowness of the creek may have resulted in him sustaining injuries to his head and neck.
One friend who was at the scene explained to News Source that after the young man plunged into the water, they saw him floating but did not realise something was wrong until they became concerned that he was floating for too long.
The friend said because he was stationed at the Coast Guard and was a very good swimmer, they thought he was pulling a prank on them.
When they realised something was wrong and they pulled him from the dark brown water, he was unconscious. Efforts were made to resuscitate him but he died on his way to the hospital.
Friends and relatives describe Wayne Paul as a fun loving and caring young man who was all about his family and friends. Many of them have left sympathy messages on his Facebook page as they reflect on his life.