Man who died after falling at Isabella Falls identified as Yaar Stav

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A man who fell to his death at a popular waterfall in Far North Queensland has been identified as marine biologist and volunteer teacher Yaar Stav.

The 26-year-old was killed after falling from rocks at Isabella Falls in Edmonton, a 20-minute drive from the Cairns CBD, on Sunday.

Paramedics performed CPR but Mr Stav could not be saved.

It’s understood the young Israeli man, who had been living in Cairns for almost two years, planned to become an Australian citizen before tragedy struck.

According to the Cairns Post, he was employed as an aquaculture technician and a volunteer math teacher for at-risk youth.

The young man quickly made friends during his time in Far North Queensland with his Instagram page inundated with messages of condolences.

“We miss you already,” one comment read on a post showing Mr Stav giving a lecture on marine biology in Western Australia.

“I’m so sorry Yaar,” read another.

Neta Rosenkrontz described his friend as “very caring” and having always brought out happiness to those around him.

“He brought a lot of light to every room he came into. He loved to dance. He was always going to festivals and dancing with his friends,” Mr Rosenkrontz told he Cairns Post.

“He had everything planned out here. He was working through his skill visa. He wanted to buy a boat and property here in Cairns. To live as an Australian citizen.

“Everybody loved him.”

Mr Stav had been climbing rocks at the popular waterfall when he plunged to his death.

Queensland Ambulance were called to the scene at 4pm on Sunday where paramedics performed CPR but could not revive him.

It’s the third death in less than two years at the popular multi-tiered waterfall.

Christian Laska, 17, fell to his death there in December last year, while a 19-year-old Cairns woman died in May 2022.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

– with NCA NewsWire

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