‘May your spirit shine’: Tributes flow for Jarrod Davies

A VICTORIAN man found dead in the River Derwent after a large-scale police search has been remembered as the "best mate anyone could have".

Heartfelt tributes for Jarrod Robert Davies started pouring in on Wednesday night after police confirmed his body had been formally identified.

The 27-year-old was last seen alive heading towards Elizabeth Street Pier after leaving the Observatory Bar nightclub at Franklin Wharf about 1am on Sunday.

Police divers made the tragic find about 30m south of the pier on Tuesday afternoon after discovering his phone submerged nearby on Monday night.

Mr Davies was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mr Davies was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning.

 

Mr Davies was staying in central Hobart with his dad.
Mr Davies was staying in central Hobart with his dad.

Mr Davies was visiting Tasmania with his father to undertake a marine-related course.

Police would not reveal any details but confirmed Mr Davies made a final phone call to his dad - who had returned to their central Hobart hotel earlier in the evening - about 1.20am on Sunday.

The body of a man recovered from Hobart’s waterfront yesterday has been formally identified as Jarrod Robert Davies, 27,...

Posted by Tasmania Police on Tuesday, 11 February 2020

 

Mr Davies, originally of Leongatha in South Gippsland, worked as a diving instructor.

Hometown friends and travellers he had crossed paths with in Cambodia, Vietnam and Fiji were among the many people who paid tribute to him.

Fellow diver Alexandra May described him as a "bright light" taken too soon.

"You made those long days working on a remote island full of laughter and fun," she said.

"I feel so blessed to have known you and to have spent that time with you in Fiji. May your spirit shine."

 

Tasmania Police divers at the end of Elizabeth Street Pier after Mr Davies’ body was recovered from the water. Picture: LUKE BOWDEN
Tasmania Police divers at the end of Elizabeth Street Pier after Mr Davies’ body was recovered from the water. Picture: LUKE BOWDEN

Molly Ashur, of North Carolina in the United States, shared a video and several photos of Mr Davies scuba diving with the words: "My heart is broken. Jarrod, it was a blessing to know you and you will be missed tremendously. Thank you for your infectious joy and your love of life."

Ben Jones told of answering a phone call he never wanted to receive. He said the shocking news had left him "absolutely heartbroken".

"It still doesn't feel real, I was only speaking to you last week," Mr Jones said.

"You are the best mate anyone could have. You always filled the room with laughter."

Foul play has been ruled out but the police investigation will continue to focus on Mr Davies' movements leading up to him entering the water.

A report is being prepared for the coroner.



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