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Drowned teen remembered by NSW community

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016

Friends and family of a teenager who drowned in Macquarie River near Dubbo, have remembered him as a "born leader".

The 16-year-old's body was found on Monday night after emergency services received word he had gone under the water and failed to resurface earlier in the day.

Friends of the teen, named as Sam Fraser, took to social media to express their sorrow and remembered him as a talented cricketer.

"Make us proud mate, you always made every one crack a laugh even when they were feeling low," Corey Hyland wrote.

St John's Dubbo Junior Rugby League Football Club described Sam as a "beautiful, vibrant and much-loved member".

"Sam was a born leader. His influence was immense, both on and off the field. He touched the lives of so many," the Facebook post said.

"Everyone who knows Sam will forever remember his cheeky smile and passion for life... Our love and thoughts to all his extended family and wonderful mates."

Since the beginning of summer, seven people have drowned in inland waterways across the country.

Royal Life Saving Society CEO Justin Scarr said too many people have lost their lives in preventable tragedies in rivers, creeks, lakes and dams.

"The dangers are often lurking below the surface, you simply can't see ice cold water, snags like tree branches or strong currents but they can be lethal," Mr Scarr said in a statement.

He urged Australians to be aware of the hazards, including drinking around water and swimming alone.

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