Sunday 18 February 2018

Irishman dies after gaining access to tourist site and falling from replica mining gantry

Kevin Terence Browne (27), inset, and the scene at Mount Isa
Kevin Terence Browne (27), inset, and the scene at Mount Isa

AN Irishman has died in a tragic accident in Australia after gaining access to a tourist site in the early hours of the morning.

It is thought that Kevin Terence Browne may have slipped and fallen to his death from a mining gantry over the weekend.


The incident took place in the Queensland mining town of Mount Isa after Mr Browne had spent a night out with friends.


The 27-year-old was found at around 11am yesterday after he failed to return to his home in Mount Isa.


The local Australian superintendent, Russell Miller, said police are still investigating how Mr Browne gained access to the Hard Times tourist attraction which includes a replica mine shaft.


"There was a body of a male located in what is known as the Hard Times mine site, which is a replica mine, a tourist attraction," he told the Irish Echo newspaper in Australia.


"There is a six-foot high chain wire fence around the perimeter but it would appear that he has been able to gain entry.


"At this point in time it appears there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death."


He says police will prepare a report for the coroner.


"We are still looking for anyone who may have seen a male in the vicinity, probably around about midnight on Saturday night," he told ABC News.


"We would like to talk to anyone who may have seen someone in that area.


"We are still trying to piece together his movements prior to him being found and there may well have been someone driving past at that time of night that saw someone near the Hard Times mine."


The Irish Embassy said it had made contact with the family of an Irish national who had died and are providing consular assistance.


It is understood that a number of his relatives are now travelling to Australia.


Supt Miller said police are still trying to piece together Mr Browne’s final movements.

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