Amy Staunton, 17, who died after falling off a barge described as a ‘vivacious’ teenager


Teen girl, 17, who drowned after she slipped off a barge into a river on New Year’s Eve is remembered as a ‘vivacious’ and caring young woman

  • Amy Staunton, 17, sadly drowned after falling from a barge on New Year’s Eve
  • Tributes for the talented horsewoman describe her as a ‘vivacious’ teenager
  • Police located her body south of Swan Reach in South Australia on Saturday
  • Teen described horses as her ‘safe space’ and had dreams of owning her own 


Tributes for the 17-year-old girl who drowned after falling from a barge into a river have described a ‘vivacious’ teenager with a contagious smile.

Amy Staunton fell into the Murray River a few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, prompting an aerial, land and water search.

Her body was discovered south of Swan Reach in South Australia 17 hours after she fell after police rescuers aided by helicopters and the State Emergency service were unable to locate the teenager on Friday.

Amy was remembered by those closest to her as a ‘gorgeous young lady’ who always wore a bright smile on her face, especially around her beloved horses.

Amy Staunton, 17, (pictured) fell into South Australia’s Murray River a few hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve, prompting an extensive aerial, land and water search

Her body was discovered south of Swan Reach in South Australia 17 hours after she fell after police rescuers aided by helicopters and the State Emergency service were unable to locate the teenager on Friday (pictured, the area Amy went missing)

 Her body was discovered south of Swan Reach in South Australia 17 hours after she fell after police rescuers aided by helicopters and the State Emergency service were unable to locate the teenager on Friday (pictured, the area Amy went missing)

The keen horsewoman regularly posted photos of the horses she helped care for at Danson Dressage in Birdwood, describing the animals as her ‘safe space’. 

Her mentor and work manager Heather Currie expressed her shock at the teenager’s death and sent her ‘deepest condolences’ to her family.  

‘Amy’s daily smiling face, her energy and enthusiasm, her potential, her love and care for the horses will be deeply missed at Danson Dressage,’ she wrote. 

‘Today we lost an angel.’ 

The keen horsewoman (pictured) regularly posted photos of the horses she helped care for at Danson Dressage in Birdwood, describing the animals as her 'safe space'

The keen horsewoman (pictured) regularly posted photos of the horses she helped care for at Danson Dressage in Birdwood, describing the animals as her ‘safe space’

Amy’s heartbroken sister Emily said her ‘beautiful little sister left this world and became an angel’.

‘Our world has been turned upside down and I refuse to believe this is real,’ she wrote.

‘We will never stop loving you Amy. ️Forever young baby girl.’ 

Local boater William Hoddle, warned the river contained debris and that the area in which the teenage girl fell was ‘quite a dangerous spot’.

Her mentor and work manager Heather Currie expressed her shock at the Amy's death and sent her 'deepest condolences' to her family

Her mentor and work manager Heather Currie expressed her shock at the Amy’s death and sent her ‘deepest condolences’ to her family

Local boater William Hoddle, warned the river (pictured) contained debris and that the area in which the teenage girl fell was 'quite a dangerous spot'

Local boater William Hoddle, warned the river (pictured) contained debris and that the area in which the teenage girl fell was ‘quite a dangerous spot’

‘That’s why you’ve always got to wear your life jacket,’ he told the ABC. 

Ms Currie said an esteemed Istan filly would be named in Amy’s honour to pay tribute to her dream of owning her own. 

‘She would often talk to me, telling me her plans to breed or own an Istan foal and all of the possibilities ahead,’ she wrote alongside a photo of the tiny foal. 

‘Danson Amy just happens to be an Istan daughter and her character, friendliness, braveness and potential will always remind us just how special Amy was.’

Ms Currie revealed an esteemed Istan filly (pictured) would be named in Amy's honour to pay tribute to the keen horsewoman's dream of owning her own

Ms Currie revealed an esteemed Istan filly (pictured) would be named in Amy’s honour to pay tribute to the keen horsewoman’s dream of owning her own

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