In­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue into tragic death at sea

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IN­VES­TI­GA­TIONS are con­tin­u­ing into the death of 28year-old Kieran Browne.

The deck­hand’s body was re­cov­ered by spe­cial­ist po­lice divers near Hook Is­land on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Mr Browne was work­ing aboard the Whit­sun­day char­ter yacht Samu­rai.

Whit­sun­day Po­lice Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Brad Teys said Mr Browne was be­lieved to have taken the dinghy ashore in the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing. The skip­per and pas­sen­gers from Samu­rai con­ducted a land based search at about 7am. When the crew­man could not be found, search and res­cue ser­vices were no­ti­fied.

The RACQ-CQ Res­cue he­li­copter de­parted for the search at 8.30am but was stood down an hour later af­ter the ves­sel’s dive mas­ter lo­cated the body.

Act Snr Sgt Teys said it wasn’t un­til later that af­ter­noon that the Bris­bane-based po­lice dive squad ar­rived on the scene and were able to re­trieve the body.

Ini­tial re­ports in­di­cate Mr Browne drowned but the facts of the tragedy are still un­clear.

“The coroner will es­tab­lish a cause of death and po­lice are say­ing there were no sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this tragic turn of events,” Act Snr Sgt Teys said.

Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice, Mar­itime Safety Queens­land and Samu­rai’s owner Rick Sam­para were on hand to talk to pas­sen­gers and crew when the boat docked at Abell Point Ma­rina on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Mr Sam­para said he was “deeply sad­dened” to hear of the young crew­man’s death.

TRAGEDY: Samu­rai com­ing into the dock at Abell Point Ma­rina with Whit­sun­day Wa­ter Po­lice and MSQ staff wait­ing to board the boat. Also pic­tured is the ves­sel’s owner Rick Sam­para (walk­ing to­wards the boat).

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