13 Nov 2019

Police say New Zealander Liam Kearns' fatal fall from Surfers Paradise high-rise was accidental

10:56 am on 13 November 2019

Police investigating the death of a New Zealand man who fell from a high-rise building on the Gold Coast say it was an accident.

Liam Kearns, 22, died when he fell from a high-rise building in the Gold Coast early yesterday morning.

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Liam Kearns, of Christchurch, has been identified as the Kiwi who died when he reportedly fell from the 15th floor of an apartment block in Surfers Paradise in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The 22-year-old is understood to have recently moved to Australia before scoring a job as a bartender at a local surf club in September, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

President for the Northcliffe Surf Club, Dave Shields, told the publication Kearns' death was a "terrible tragedy".

"Liam had only been with us a short time but was a nice young guy and a valued member of our team."

Local police have told Australian media that they are describing the death as an accident.

Officers investigating the case are also looking into whether Kearns may have been "mucking around" at the time of the incident.

A profile on Kearns on TradeMe Property shows the young man worked in real estate for some time. He describes it as a job that he loves.

"Meeting new faces and getting to know more of the public is the most enjoyable job,'' he writes in the profile.

"This industry is my passion and love. I strive to get the best results for my clients by going above and beyond."

A brief biography describes him as a "bubbly and friendly personality and lots of energy."

Kearns was born and grew up in Canterbury and attended Christchurch Boys' High School.

Emergency services were called to the Breakers North Apartments building, on Old Burleigh Rd, about 12.30am local time (3.30amNZT) yesterday after reports a person had fallen from a balcony.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kearns' death will be referred to the Coroner.

- This story was first published by the New Zealand Herald.