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“Haunted Devil’s Pool” swimming hole in Far North Queensland claims 18th known victim

The body of a missing camper vanished in a notorious Queensland swimming hole known as the Devil’s Pool has been identified.

The Brisbane man Shanon Hoffman, 37, was unable to resurface at Babinda Boulders, near Cairns, while swimming with a friend on Monday night.

Police divers found his body in the water at 10.15 a.m. on Wednesday, Acting Inspector Brett Jenkins told reporters.

“The area was about 200 metres upstream from the area commonly referred to as Devil’s Pool,” he said.

“It’s a tragedy. It is such a beautiful place.

“That whole area is notorious. It is extremely dangerous.”

Acting Inspector Jenkins said the pool was lined with shoots and deep water currents that could “easily take even strong swimmers underneath”.

Emergency personnel began looking for Hoffman at 8.30pm on Monday.

They were joined by a speedboat rescue team, divers and a police helicopter on Tuesday.

“I know it looks inviting but it’s dangerous. There is a history in this area of people going missing in the water,” Acting Inspector Jenkins said.

“The Devil’s Pools are restricted for a reason.

“People have lost their lives.”

Acting Inspector Jenkins said that 18 people had died in the area.

Babinda Boulders is a culturally significant site of the local indigenous group, the Yidinji.

According to an ancient legend, the site is haunted by a young Yidinji girl who died there after a forbidden love affair.

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