FNQ Heat FC teen Patrick Ram has been swept away in an accident at a treacherous beauty spot near Cairns, his club confirmed today.
Police divers were today searching the depths of Crystal Cascades after the 18 year old disappeared at the Queensland waterfall where he was swimming with friends yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services were called in after Ram was reported to have lost his footing and was carried away by the surging water, swollen by recent rain. None of his companions saw him resurface.
Today FNQ Heat chairman Adam Garnett hailed the youngster's talent and held onto the hope of his survival.
"The club is deeply shocked and saddened by the distressing news regarding the disappearance of Patrick Ram," said Garnett. "First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
"Patrick is an incredibly talented footballer but, most importantly, a kind and thoughtful young man who is universally admired across the Far Northern football community.
"He only recently joined the club from Marlin Coast in a bid to advance his career through the NPL/A- League pathway; and during the off season made a considerable impression on those he met at FNQ FC.
"Patrick played in the Heat's trial match against Northern Fury in Townsville last Saturday, impressing Head Coach Peter Tokesi with his industrious work ethic in defence.
"Patrick always conducts himself in a professional and respectful manner on and off the football field and got on very well with teammates, coaches and club officials."
He added: "I have been in contact with the Marlin Coast Football Club where Patrick’s talents were nurtured.
"We know the news is being keenly felt in the Rangers’ football family and we have committed to standing alongside and supporting them as best we can through this difficult time.
"While we all continue to hope for the best, his clubmates and indeed the whole of the Far Northern football community are obviously devastated by the news."