Fundraising has a way to go
THE grieving family of a Daintree man who died after his ute sank in a creek want to bring his body back to Western Australia.
Apprentice chef Ricky McCloy, 37, has been remembered as an “amazing young man” by his Far North colleagues.
His mother’s sister-in-law Rebecca McCloy started a GoFundMe page last week to raise money to help the “full of life” man be with his family.
“We need to bring him home,” she said.
“Now his beautiful mother Robyn is a very proud woman and doesn’t like to accept help, but as this final journey for Ricky is going to be an expensive one, her savings will only be stretched so far. However, I know that she will be ever so grateful and she will be touched by this gesture ... so he can be farewelled here at home in Perth, to be laid to rest with his Dad and his Grandmother.”
Nearly $6,500 has been raised since the page was launched. The target is $10,000.
Police are trying to piece together the moments before Mr McCoy crashed into Little Creek, along Cape Tribulation Rd at Diwan, last week.
Mr McCloy, who worked at Heritage Lodge & Spa on Tur- pentine Rd, is believed to have crashed sometime between 10pm on Tuesday and 2.40pm on Wednesday.
Members of the public pulled him from the ute before police arrived on Wednesday afternoon.
A staff member, who did not want to be named, said Mr McCloy was the “nicest young man that anyone would ever meet”.
“He just brought sunshine into so many people’s lives,” she said.
Cairns police Forensic Crash Unit Sen-Constable Leisa Vagg said they believed Mr McCloy left work about 10pm and may have travelled to a friend’s place before the crash.
It is understood Mr McCloy had been living in the Daintree area with his aunt and cousin for the previous three years after moving there from Perth.
Police cannot say exactly what time the crash occurred.
The yellow ute which crashed into the creek. Inset: Ricky McCloy