A 17-year-old girl has died after falling from a high rise building during schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast last night.
Police were called to the Chevron Renaissance Hotel in Surfers Paradise about 9.30pm (AEST) after reports a person had fallen from a balcony.
The girl, who was there from Brisbane to celebrate with friends, was found dead on the pool deck.
Emergency services cordoned off the building, leaving hundreds of schoolies standing on the street.
Schoolie Seb Georgio, who is staying at the hotel, said he saw the girl fall onto the pool deck.
"A girl fell off the balcony and [I] just watched her fall ... I didn't want to watch," he said.
Queensland police inspector Pat Swindells says it is a horrible end to an otherwise good start to the schoolies celebrations.
"Young people who've come to Surfers Paradise have been exemplary in their behaviour and this is a very tragic incident that has occurred during what has been a very good week," he said.
Mr Swindells says detectives are investigating all possibilities.
"It's too early to speculate on what occurred," he said.
"We have detectives from State Crime Operations branch as well as Gold Coast detectives conducting interviews with people to try and ascertain what actually happened.
"We do urge the young people here who are partying to be aware of the high rises and take care."
The girl's relatives have been informed.
Today is the last day of celebrations for Queensland Schoolies and the start of festivities for school leavers from New South Wales and Victoria.
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