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Touching tributes to Brit expat Joshua Santos Christian who died after hitting his head while leaping off bridge in Oz

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A BRIT who died after hitting his head while jumping off a bridge in Australia was “loving life”, pals said.

Joshua Santos Christian, in his 30s, was visiting the Noosa Sound Bridge in Queensland with friends on Saturday when he tragically died.

Joshua tragically died after leaping off a bridge in Australia

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Joshua tragically died after leaping off a bridge in AustraliaCredit: Gofundme

They were reportedly taking turns jumping from the bridge.

Joshua, who moved to Brisbane from the Wirral, completed one jump and returned to the bridge for a second attempt.

But he lost his balance while crossing the railing, struck his head and plunged into the water.

After he failed to surface, his friends started a frantic search before contacting emergency rescue services at 1am.

His body was found at around 6am on Sunday.

A GoFundMe page said Joshua “was in a happy place smashing life with his Aussie tribe and his loving girlfriend, Becca”.

It said: “He passed happy and loving life and always living up to his motto ‘here for a good time not a long time’.

“Josh lived for his friends and beautiful family.

“He loved finding the joy and passion in everything, he completely embodied music and dancing, both were in his blood, he danced first and thought later.”

Pal Jimmy Allen described the Brit as a “special person”.

He wrote on social media: “I can’t put into words how special a person you were and how you lit up every room.

“You always wanted the best for everyone and made everyone feel so, so special.

“I’ll always be thinking of you my brother and will always have a special place in my heart. I’ll see you on the other side.”

Another friend said Joshua’s death was “heartbreakingly tragic”.

His family and friends are now raising money to repatriate his body to the UK.

They said: “Our heartfelt plea is for your support in helping us repatriate Josh from Brisbane to the UK and return to his home, the Wirral.

“Your generosity will bring comfort to his family and loved ones. Together we can bring him home.”

Joshua’s funeral will be held at Landican Crematorium in Birkenhead. 

After searching for six hours, the police were able to recover Joshua’s body using sonar assistance.

It is understood jumping from the bridge remains a popular activity for tourists, despite warnings from local cops.

More to follow.

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