Brit, 24, drowns while swimming with mates at popular Australian beauty spot

A young Brit has drowned while swimming with friends at a popular beauty spot in Australia.

Charlie Williams, 24, was unconscious when he was pulled from the water at the Behana Gorge swimming hole near Cairns in Far North Queensland, according to police.

Emergency services were called to the scene and paramedics tried to revive the Brit but he was pronounced dead on Saturday, the Mirror reports.

Mr Williams was from Oxfordshire and had been living in Australia on a working visa after moving to the country.

His friends and former rugby teammates paid tribute to him following the weekend tragedy which Queensland Police say is being treated as "not suspicious".

Bicester Rugby Union Football Club posted a photo of Mr Williams smiling with two teammates.

The club wrote on Facebook : "It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that yesterday afternoon, Charlie Williams, seen here in his Bicester kit standing between George and Cam, died in a tragic accident in the Behana Gorge, Cairns, QLD.

"Charlie played his senior rugby at Bicester and as a Junior at both Banbury RUFC and Chinnor RFC.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends at this time."

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Oxfordshire Rugby Football Union wrote: "Our thoughts are with Bicester RUFC and the family and friends of Charlie Williams, who has died in a tragic accident in the Behana Gorge, Cairns, QLD."

Police in Australia have been in contact with the British consulate in Cairns.

The Daily Star has contacted the Foreign Office for comment.

Three people drowned in a 24-hour period in Far North Queensland at the weekend, local media reported.

Behana Gorge is described as having "pristine" swimming holes, "breathtaking" views and "stunning" waterfalls that flow into the deep granite gorge about 30 minutes south of Cairns.

It is a popular spot for tourists, wildlife spotters and swimmers.

In 2019, an off-duty firefighter died when he slipped and fell while walking in the area.

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