A popular Churchlands Senior High School student has died after falling from a resort balcony after an after-ball party.
Preston Bridge, 16, fell from the second-storey at the Sunmoon Resort in Scarborough after celebrating with friends the night before. He had catastrophic head injuries.
It is understood the keen sportsman, who was a house captain in 2011 and last year, may have been trying to jump from one balcony to another.
The Churchlands ball on Friday night at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre was attended by about 260 Year 12 students.
Preston and some friends, including two girls and five boys, continued celebrating at a friend’s home in Scarborough, then headed to the Sunmoon Resort on West Coast Highway at 3am.It is understood the accommodation was booked by a parent of one member of the group.
Preston fell about 10am on Saturday, shortly before the group intended to check out.A person not linked to the group flagged down a passing police motorcyclist.
Preston was in a coma in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital but died yesterday afternoon.
“My mother, father and myself would like to inform everybody that Preston passed away at 3.49pm today,” his sister Aimee posted on Facebook last night.
“We would like to thank you all for your wishes and support through this extremely hard time.”
Sunmoon Resort general manager Michael Cheung commended the efforts of hotel employees and a passer-by who tried to help Preston.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the young gentleman and his family at this very difficult and troubling time,” he said.
Friends and family described Preston as a beautiful person who was universally respected.
“I don’t think I could find a single person on this planet or another that’s as loved and respected as you,” friend Max McManus wrote on Facebook.
Churchlands principal Neil Hunt said the entire school had been affected. He said Preston was popular within the school and local community.He commended the way students and staff had supported each other and said counselling was available.