Rocky man dies in fall
FRIENDS and family are mourning the tragic loss of Zackary John Seiler after he died falling three storeys from a balcony in Townsville yesterday.
Tributes flowed for the former North Rockhampton High School student on Facebook yesterday as friends and family remembered “Zak” as a man who had enjoyed life.
The 22-year-old was visiting the city for the Townsville 400 V8 Supercars and had been visiting a group of long-time friends who rent at the Riviera Apartments.
He lost his balance while spitting over the balcony and fell from the second level, landing on the ground floor.
Townsville Acting Inspector Leonie Henwood said the Rockhampton man’s death was a tragic accident.
“It’s just so unfortunate for this young man, because it wasn’t like he was mucking around with his mates or misbehaving and he definitely was not planking.”
Emergency crews received a 000 call out about 9.30am reporting Mr Seiler had gone over the railing at the Anthony St complex on the Ross Creek side.
“A woman who was with him on the balcony reported that he made a comment about how far he could spit over the side, then he leant over and lost his balance,” Insp Henwood said.
“He was a tall man, well over six foot in height, so his centre of gravity was quite high which contributed to the fall.”
Paramedics arrived at the same time as police and the crews took over from residents at the unit who had stepped in to do CPR on Zak, a construction worker for JM Kelly.
But unfortunately, due to massive head trauma and injuries to both legs sustained in the seven-metre fall on to tiled flooring, he could not be revived.
Emergency services covered the body with a white sheet and put up a red tarp about 10am to block public view as scenes of crime were called in to investigate the death.
Riviera Apartments caretaker manager Anna Toohey said Mr Seiler’s accident was tragic for his close-knit group of friends.
“The people who rent the unit are a good bunch of young kids so it has been just awful for them and they are devastated because they all thought he would be okay,” Ms Toohey said.