Connor Egan is being remembered as a “total legend” who will be sorely missed, after his death in Sydney’s south on Tuesday.
Connor died after jumping into the Georges River in Como about 1.30pm and failing to resurface.
A large search was launched, but tragically his body was found just after 4pm.
Dozens of friends and family have posted tributes to Facebook for the 23-year-old who had touched their lives.
A number of friends remembered the former Cronulla High School student as an “absolute legend”, and many wrote about his wonderful friendship.
Shantelle Starr, who had known him since they were children, told Fairfax Media she would cherish memories of growing up alongside him.
In a letter she penned for Connor she said her and her younger brother would carry his spirit in their hearts.
“You loved to be adventurous and explore the wonders of the universe and the unknown,” she said.
“You were idolised by your peers and youngers, you kept the peace within our generation.
Ms Starr said Connor always lit up the room when he spoke.
“You were adored and inspired Connor. We will never forget the fun, caring spiritual loving boy who you were,” she said.
“Rest in sunshine Connor.”
Connor was one of several people jumping off the Como railway bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
One witness told Seven News the man slipped from the bridge and landed at an awkward angle in the water.
“You knew he wasn’t coming up, the way he landed,” the witness said.
Inspector Steve Worthington from Sutherland Police said jumping from a bridge into water may seem like “some sort of adventure” for young people, but it’s “another way you can get yourself in a bit of trouble”.
“Respect the waterways, respect how dangerous they can be,” Inspector Worthington said.