Investigations continue into tragic death at sea
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).