'Truly kind': Tributes for teenage boy who fell 40m off mountain

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A teenager who died after falling 40 metres from a mountain on the Sunshine Coast has been named as 18-year-old Brisbane student Peter Garlick.

Mr Garlick was climbing Mt Ngungun, the sixth-tallest peak in the Glass House Mountains, at about midday on Saturday when he fell and suffered critical injuries.

Sunshine Coast Senior Sergeant Jimmy Driver said it was a "harrowing" incident witnessed by others.

Peter Garlick, 18, is pictured climbing a mountain.
Peter Garlick, 18, died on Saturday in a mountain climbing accident. Source: Facebook/ Peter Garlick

Snr Sgt Driver added the coordinator of a nearby rock climbing group provided first aid to the man before paramedics arrived.

"People were shaken and traumatised by the incident which occurred well in view of multiple people,” he told The Courier-Mail.

Unfortunately, Mr Garlick succumbed to his injuries.

Tributes for ‘beautiful young man’

On Sunday, people paid tribute to Mr Garlick, who was in his second year of studying teaching at the Queensland University of Technology.

Northside Christian College, where Mr Garlick graduated in 2019, wrote on Facebook he was “a truly kind, humble follower of Jesus”.

Peter Garlick, 18, is pictured.
Mr Garlick is being remembered as 'an amazing role model' for members of Brisbane's Christian community. Source: Facebook/ Peter Garlick

The college called news of Mr Garlick’s death “devastating”.

“Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to Peter’s family and friends at this time,” the school wrote.

“The Garlick family have all been an integral part of Northside Christian College for many years, and we mourn alongside them today.

“Peter was in his second year at QUT studying teaching, and a recent Northside OSHC employee. He will always be remembered for his effervescent and joyful personality, as well as being a truly kind, humble follower of Jesus.”

View of Mt Coonowin and Mt Beerwah from the top of Mt Ngungun.
Mt Coonowin and Mt Beerwah are seen from the top of Mt Ngungun at sunset. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Mr Garlick was also a member of Boys’ Brigade Queensland, a Christian youth group, and a keen mountain climber. He worked at an indoor climbing and bouldering centre in Brisbane.

One woman called Mr Garlick a “beautiful young man” with an “infectious” smile, while another mourned the loss of a man who “was going to be a great teacher” who “had the best energy and humour”.

A mum, whose son knew Mr Garlick, said he was “an amazing role model” for him.

with AAP

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