A British tourist has vanished after jumping of the downtown bridge in Brisbane, into the river below.
Police reports suspect the man jumped off the bridge as a “drunken stunt” after the 30 year old man had spent Sunday evening socializing with friends.
Police officer Sean Cryer has confirmed that 4 men had been drinking in a downtown hostel when the man agreed to jump off the bridge as part of a dare.
“The young man in question … jumped off the bridge first,” he said.
“The other three fellows said he took a running jump from three or four metres away — jumped over the rail.
“They observed him go into the water, he came back up again a few seconds later, rolled on his side, went back under the water and he hasn’t been seen since.”
An extensive search party commenced following the incident.
“We’ll continue our search and rescue search until we find him,” said Inspector Cryer.
“Obviously jumping off a bridge into a river is a silly thing to do, and we’d warn against it.”
Police divers are expected to join the crew, with it having returned no leads until this point.
The parents of the British tourists have also been contacted but they are still trying to notify relatives in Australia.