Ravneet Singh Gill dies: A 22-year-old Indian national named by the Gold Coast Bulletin as Ravneet Singh Gill was with a group of seven other swimmers at Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads, on Christmas Day when they were pulled out to sea in a rip. A Punjabi youngster died in a drowning incident, is remembered as “a free spirit” who had dreams of building a better life in Australia. Ravneet Singh Gill who first came to Australia on a student visa hailed from village Gill in Ludhiana district of Punjab. Mr Gill’s life was tragically cut short in a drowning incident at Duranbah, a popular Tweed beach in north-eastern New South Wales.He was one of the eight swimmers who drifted out to sea near Gold Coast on 25th December. Returning to the beach yesterday, less than 24 hours after Mr Singh’s death, his friends said they were standing in waist deep water and playing in the mild swell, which was below 0.5m, on Christmas Day. They said they were hit by a wave and lost their footing before finding themselves unable to touch the bottom. “The water was only (waist height) and there was a wave, they were trying to come out but they could not, the water was pulling back,” said community social worker Manjit Boparai. “They were all in danger, they struggled in there, in that area.”“It was a tragic end to young life. He came to Australia as an international student to build his life as a migrant,” said Rashpal Heyer. “He was smart, witty, hard-working, vibrant and full of energy. The locals will miss him dearly. “We are told he was the type of person who had a big heart and he always offered help where he could,” said Mr Manjit Boparai who is also doing sincere efforts to send his body back to India.
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