A student who drowned in an Australian university pool has shared her final message on social media, describing the experience as “dreadful”.
Jessi Kowalski died on Monday after becoming stuck in the pool, and the 24-year-old had been swimming with her boyfriend and two friends.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Ms Kowaleski’s funeral expenses, with a total of $10,000 raised so far.
Ms Kowski’s father, Craig, said she died in a “dubious and bizarre manner” at his daughter’s apartment in Melbourne’s north.
“I think that this is going to be a very difficult day for all of us,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“The reality is she was just a young girl.
She was just about to get married.”
“It’s not something I want to talk about.
I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The 24-years-old spent several months in the Australian Youth Health (AYH) Pool in Sydney before she died.
The NSW Department of Health has said it will look into the cause of Ms Kowski’s death.
AYH Pool director Dr Jennifer Cottrell said it was “unlikely” Ms Kowerski was the victim of foul play.
“It is a very, very difficult situation to be in, unfortunately,” she said.
“There’s no doubt that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
“She is very popular in the community, she is very well-liked in the social media community, and we are extremely concerned for her wellbeing.”
Ms Kowerkski was a second-year medical student at the University of Queensland, studying to become a nurse.
“She was very active on social networks,” Dr Cottrel said.
The family has asked for privacy at this time, and Ms Kowitzki’s boyfriend and friends have not yet been interviewed by police.
The 24 year old was an avid swimmer and Ms Cottres says the pool is “very dangerous”.
“I know that she loved swimming.
She just never really knew how to swim,” she told the ABC.
“That’s why she didn’t swim in the pools before, and it’s why we are asking for privacy for now.”
A Go Fund Me has also been set-up to help Ms Kowlski’s family with funeral costs.
“Please know that we are in constant need of support, and I can’t even begin to express how much it means to us to be able to support this,” Dr Kowelski said.