Young Coast man dies in tragic circumstances in Bali
A 31-YEAR-OLD Caloundra man has died in tragic circumstances in Bali where he was with a large contingent of friends for a wedding.
Tyler Kennedy, a carpenter and former Caloundra High School student was found on the bottom of a pool in the villa he was staying in at Canggu after going for a swim about 8pm Wednesday.
He was found when close friend Jake Townsend, with whom he had travelled extensively around the world surfing and who worked with him last year on the Gold Coast, went looking to see what he was doing.
Mate Dean Carpenter of Caloundra said Jake and others had attempted to revive their friend with CPR but had been unsuccessful.
Friends not in Bali for the wedding of another mate Luke Cook, gathered at Moffat Headland on Thursday afternoon to mourn the loss of a member of the town's surfing community who had been well-like because of the way he conducted himself both in the water and out of it and his willingness to charge even the biggest waves with grace and confidence.
Dean said a large contingent from Caloundra had been in Bali for the wedding held two days before Tyler's death.
"He was at the villa at about 8pm when he decided to go for a swim," Dean said.
"Ten minutes had passed before Jake found him on the bottom of the pool. The families all grew up together.
"Jake and Tyler travelled the world together surfing. He did a lot of work away and last year worked on the Gold Coast with Jake.
Another Caloundra surfer Ben Muskens said while Tyler had not surfed competitions he was well respected for his ability and a "nice kid".
Dean said Tyler's parents flew over to Bali on Thursday with many of those at the wedding now trying to organise earlier flights home.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the family of an Australian man who had died in Bali was being provided with consular assistance.
"For privacy reasons we are unable to provide further details," the spokesperson said.