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Gold Coast waterhole closed after drowning

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Scott Bailey

The popular Gold Coast waterhole where a young man drowned last week will remain closed until at least the middle of January.

The picturesque Killarney Glen site, which is situated on Department of Defence land in the Gold Coast hinterland, will be closed to the public until January 16, when a decision will be made on its long-term future.

The site had already been under the spotlight throughout 2016 following a number of injuries at the popular jumping spot into the distinctive heart-shaped hole next to a waterfall.

Emergency services also had to be called to the area twice in August and September when women were injured in separate incidents.

A multi-faceted report was also commissioned for the site mid-2016 and is still awaiting completion.

It's understood that along with safety concerns for thrillseekers, there are also traffic management issues and cultural factors that must be considered when determining the future of the site.

A 19-year-old man's body was found early on Saturday morning after police believe he experienced difficulties while swimming upstream, got stuck underwater and never resurfaced.

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