Friends grieve for young deckhand who loved life
WHITSUNDAY deckhand Kieran Browne was in the prime of his life when it was cut tragically short in the early hours of Monday, July 1.
The 28-year-old was working aboard the Whitsunday charter boat Samurai, which docked at Abell Point Marina on Tuesday afternoon without him.
Kieran’s body was recovered by specialist divers near Hook Island just before 6pm on Monday. Initial reports indicate the young man drowned but the circumstances surrounding the tragedy are still not clear. Kieran will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Since moving to the Whitsundays about two years ago, Kieran, also known by the nickname of ‘Taco’, held a variety of jobs including a stint with Cruise Whitsundays aboard Camira and jobs as a landscaper and postman.
Close friend Sandy Vincent said he was the kind of person who “just did everything”.
“But he’d always come back to the water – that was what he was truly passionate about,” she said.
"Kieran is the Whitsunday heartbeat. He had more lives than you can count off with your two hands. A room full of his closest friends would still not have enough fingers. But this is where his heart lies,” Sandy said.
“He involved us fully and embraced us just as the world did for him. In knowing him for an hour or for years, you knew him. In hearing about him, you now know him. Take this moment and give it to him be- cause he gave us so much.”
Samurai’s owner Rick Sampara also paid tribute to a man he classed as a friend. “I’m deeply saddened. He was a great mate and he’ll be greatly missed,” Mr Sampara said.
Kieran’s ashes will be scattered at Funnel Bay this Saturday between 12-2.30pm. Those who knew him are welcome to take a boat out to be a part of the ceremony. A wake will follow upstairs at Magnums Hotel on Saturday afternoon. His funeral will be held in his home state of Victoria on Thursday at 12pm.
LIFE AND SOUL: 28-year-old Kieran Browne will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Photo taken by Kieran’s friend, Mark Fornasiero.