Heartbroken family and friends have paid tribute to a teen who fell to her death from a houseboat on New Year’s Eve.
Amy Staunton, 17, disappeared into the Murray River in South Australia at about 9.15pm on Friday. Her body was later found south of Swan Beach on Saturday about 2pm.
On New Year’s Day, Amy’s sister Emily paid tribute to her on Facebook.
“Today my family and I received the worst news,” she wrote.
“My beautiful little sister left this world and became an angel. Our world has been turned upside down and I refuse to believe this is real.. We will never stop loving you Amy.
“Forever young baby girl.”
Heather Currie, owner of Danson Dressage, told The Adelaide Advertiser, Amy was learning equestrian and cared deeply for horses.
Ms Currie said Amy was “showing a lot of potential” in training her own horse.
“She was brave, she was very happy, she was energetic, she was enthusiastic, she always had a smile on her face, she was very polite,” Ms Currie told the paper.
The teen’s cousin Sarah Bigg told 7News the family are still coming to terms with her death.
“It’s not sunk in as of yet,” she said.
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