The mum of a boy who drowned at a popular swimming hole has shared a heart-wrenching tribute for her son, whose body was recovered from the water late last night.
Aiden Braumann, 13, went swimming with friends at Cedar Creek Falls on Queensland's Gold Coast on Thursday, but vanished after getting in the water at about 5pm.
Friends reportedly called for help when Aiden didn't resurface, and emergency services soon arrived at the scene to help search for him.
His body was found and pulled from the water at about 10pm, sparking a wave of devastation throughout the community.
Aiden's mum Sherry Carroll took to Facebook following the incident, to express her heartbreak.
"This is the hardest thing and I don’t know how I’m going to get through it. My son Aiden Braumann, I love you so much," she wrote.
Others offered their condolences to the grieving mum, including a former school friend of Aiden's.
"I'm so sorry for your loss, Aiden is my old school close friend and we will all miss him," she wrote in a comment.
Multiple community members told the mum how sorry they were for her loss, and made generous offers to help if she required it.
Queensland Police said the children were being supervised by an adult while at the waterfall, which is located at Tamborine Mountain, about an hour inland from the Gold Coast.
Specialist police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Ambulance Service were called in for the search, which lasted for several hours.
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