World news – « So talented »: teenagers killed by jellyfish identified


The boy, who was killed after being stung by a jellyfish in Far North Queensland, was identified as Tommy Johnson, who had a penchant for hunting, fishing, diving and horse riding.

Tommy was swimming on the beach net in Bamaga with his family when he was stung on February 22nd.

According to friends, he was surrounded by family at Townsville Hospital when he died on Monday.

« Unfortunately, Tommy passed three days before his 18th birthday, » wrote friend Tomaseena Jawai on a GoFundMe page

« He was a very loving and humble boy who loved hunting, fishing, diving, horse riding and sports.

« He was so talented that he was selected countless times to represent the AFL and Rugby League in Cairns, Townsville and the NPA region speaking of his high performance on and off the field.

« He was a loving and caring big brother who is now truly missed by his family and all of his friends. »

« As a family, we would appreciate any contribution, and we would like to thank you in advance for all the love and support we have received, » she said.

Tommy’s uncle Iveno Elia said the 17-year-old was a « very kind hearted, handsome, smart and intelligent » person.

« He was also a great role model for my children and he was a nephew who never said no or let us down with anything, especially when it came to cultural hunting land and the sea, » Elijah said.

« He was a humble boy, he was so close to us that I loved him like my own. »

The seven-year-old girl died in 2006 after falling out of the water screaming. Her parents called Triple-0 while viewers tried to revive her.

Paramedics came and tried a resuscitation, but she was pronounced dead upon arrival at Bamaga Hospital.

The Northern Peninsula Regional Council has again urged residents to stay out of the water during the stinger season following the tragedy.

« Please advise your children not to go swimming at this time of year, » the warning read.

« Parents, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your children off the water. »


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