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Bone found on beach belonged to drowned teen

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A human bone found at City Beach has been confirmed to have belonged to a Perth teenager who drowned while saving his cousin.

Matiyas Bekuretsion, 16, went for a swim with three family and friends at Scarborough in the evening of November 23 but never made it out of the water after they got into difficulty in the rough ocean.

A massive air and sea search was launched to find him but to no avail.

Later that month a member of the public found human remains at a beach in Trigg, which matched the DNA of Matiyas.


The bone found by a member of the public at City Beach last month was today confirmed by police as belonging to Matiyas.

The teenager has been hailed a hero for saving his cousin from drowning.

“Matiyas was a hero and his last breath was him fighting to save somebody else,” his cousin Nahom told 7NEWS at the time.

Camera IconMatiyas Bekuretsion died saving his cousin. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

“It was honourable, (he was) protecting his family.”

The teenager came to Perth two years ago to live with his relatives, who say he fell in love with his new home.

Matiyas was part of a tight-knit Ethiopian community and made many friends at the Eternity Shebah church.

Dozens of his loved ones spent hours on the beach in the days after he went missing supporting each other and praying for any sign of him.

Matiya’s uncle and Pastor Tesfaye Mebratu described him as kind, humble and loving.

Upset family and friends of Matiyas Bekuretsion.
Camera IconUpset family and friends of Matiyas Bekuretsion. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

“Matiya had very strong faith and we will keep praying for him,” he said.

“He was a very gifted boy, he never went out … he spent most of his time at school or at home with his family.”

The matter remains with the Coroner.

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