Queensland

Body washes up on Noosa beach

Friends have confirmed the body of a young man discovered at Teewah Beach near Noosa on Tuesday is that of 19-year-old Brisbane man Josh Carter.

Mr Carter went missing in the ocean on Sunday after being dragged into the sea when he was caught in a rip.

Lifesavers search for Josh Carter, who went missing off a beach north of Noosa.
Lifesavers search for Josh Carter, who went missing off a beach north of Noosa. Photo: Surf Life Saving Queensland

Police and emergency services conducted a massive search of the area but failed to find him until his body washed to shore about five kilometres south of the Teewah Beach camping area.

Mr Carter's friends have expressed an outpouring of grief at the news, with many taking to social media to share their feelings.

Josh Carter, 19, died in surf at Noosa this week.
Josh Carter, 19, died in surf at Noosa this week. Photo: Supplied

His friends have created a special tribute photo of the popular Cavendish Road State High School student that has quickly been shared among those who knew him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mr Carter's high school friend Trai Wallis spoke of his shock at finding out his mate had died.

"I just broke into tears as soon as I found out," he told Fairfax Media.

"One of our friends called me who was up in Noosa and said they had found his body. It brought me to tears straight away."

Mr Wallis spoke of his friend as a happy larrikin who was the first to make friends laugh at school.

"Every moment with Josh was a memory," he said.

"Josh was the guy that always made people laugh, he was always such a happy person.

"No matter how disappointed or depressed people were he was always trying to make people smile."

In the years after school Mr Wallis said Mr Carter's happy approach to life continued.

"He was always the same," he said.

"Whenever we ran into him out on the town he was still the guy making funny jokes.

"He had the goofiest laugh, even when something wasn't funny you'd be laughing because of his laugh."

Another of Mr Carter's friends, Aaron Oatway-Booth, who was part of the search party after he want missing, posted a touching tribute to his friend on Facebook.

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Posted by Aaron Oatway-booth on  Monday, 25 January 2016

Mr Wallis said Mr Carter's friends would soon come together to celebrate his life.

"Nothing is organised yet, but I know all his mates will definitely be getting together for something big," he said.

A Queensland Police spokesman told Fairfax Media that Mr Carter's next of kin had been informed.

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