A 19-year-old man has died after falling from the East Coast Trail on the Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula Monday afternoon.

RCMP said the St. John's man was killed after falling into the ocean near Tinker's Point in Tors Cove.

Police said he was hiking with friends when the tragedy occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. 

RCMP said the victim was swept offshore, but his body was recovered a short time later on the rocky shoreline by members of the Witless Bay Volunteer Fire Department.