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Tributes for WA drowning victim

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017 Rebecca Gredley and Greg Roberts

The remote northern West Australian town of Kununurra is mourning the drowning of 25-year-old electrician John Young, who has been described as a "one-of-a-kind".

Police found Mr Young's body on Monday morning, about 6km from where he was last seen more than 24 hours before in Ivanhoe Crossing.

He had gone swimming with a friend in the Ord River in WA's Kimberley region after a night out at 4.45am on Sunday.

It is understood the pair got into trouble and were sucked under rushing water in a swollen part of the river.

Mr Young's friend resurfaced but he did not, was caught in a current and taken downstream.

Senior Sergeant Steve Principe said his body was spotted from a helicopter during a large land, sea and air search of the crocodile-infested area involving dozens of police and volunteers.

"Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. It is going to have a devastating effect on the community because the gentleman is well-known," he said.

"That crossing in particular can be very dangerous at different times of the year.

"With all crossings you must take a great deal of care and just don't assume it is safe even though the water might look smooth above the surface.

A six-year-old girl drowned in the area in October and Sri Lankan man Oshan Janaka drown last month after jumping from a cliff.

Rosalind Bonney described her grandson as handsome, kind, loving, and happy go-lucky, and said she wished she could tell him once more she loved him.

"Love you more than words could ever say," she wrote on Facebook.

"You've left a big gaping hole in our hearts."

Rosie Denton said she struggled to believe the news and reminded her community to be safe, hug their friends and cherish each second.

"My heart is breaking for another beautiful soul we have lost all too soon," she wrote.

Friend Rhys Bedford said he couldn't believe Mr Young would no longer be there for a "cheeky beer fuelled laugh".

"You were truly one of a kind, brother" he said.

"Rest in peace and I'll see you on the other side."

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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