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Young Melbourne man who drowned in Gold Coast canal identified as Mitchell Celantano

The death of a young Melbourne man in a Gold Coast canal while on holidays with footy mates has been described as an “enormous loss”.

Mitchell Celantano, 21, drowned after entering a Broadbeach canal at about 5.30am on Tuesday.

He went underwater and failed to resurface before his body was recovered by police divers some three hours later.

Celantano was holidaying with a group of about 10 other people, including friends who also play at his Australian Rules club, the East Keilor Football Club.

The club, which has strong inter-generational ties to his family, has led the tributes for the “popular” young man.

Melbourne man Mitchell Celantano, 21, drowned in a Gold Coast canal on Tuesday. Credit: Facebook

“The East Keilor Football Club family has suffered an enormous loss with the passing of Mitchell,” a post on the club’s Facebook page read.

“Mitch was a popular player and member of our club and his passing will leave a void across many generations of our EKFC family.

“Our love and thoughts are with the Celantano family and also the lads that were with Mitch on the Gold Coast at this very difficult time.”

Celantano was on holiday with a group of about 10 friends when tragedy struck.
Celantano was on holiday with a group of about 10 friends when tragedy struck. Credit: 7NEWS

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