Shock incident stuns community

The small communities of Upper Lockyer and Murphys Creek have been rocked after 29-year-old Benjamin Combo drowned in a dam on a private property on Monday.

Emergency services were alerted around 2pm to Koreelah Street in Upper Lockyer after relatives reported the man had entered the water and could not be located.

Bystanders believed to be the man's family, pulled the man from the small dam, just 1.2m deep, and started performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

He was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Helidon police Sergeant Howard Glass said the man had been riding a bicycle in the area but it is unknown if he fell from the bike into the water.

“At this stage all we know is that man has gone into the dam, came up once and said ‘I'm okay' before disappearing under the surface,” Sgt Glass said.

“He was riding a bike, which ended up in the dam as well.

“Bystanders had pulled the man out of the dam, but he was not breathing.

“We don't whether it was intentional or an accident.”

Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances involved and there will more information available after an autopsy is conducted.


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