Teenage boy, 17, is dead after being electrocuted at his home north of Brisbane
A beloved school captain has died after being electrocuted in his family home north of Brisbane.
Liam Keegan, 17, died on Tuesday night at his house in Upper Caboolture after paramedics desperately tried to save his life.
The Caboolture river has flooded in recent days as a deadly weather system battered southern Queensland and New South Wales.
Tributes have since poured in for the student who was one of the captains at Tullawong State High School.
His sister Ebony paid tribute to her ‘brother and best mate’ on social media.
‘My heart shatters into too many pieces to count,’ she wrote.
Emergency services were called to the home of Liam Keegan, 17, in Upper Caboolture at around 8pm on Tuesday but the teenager was unable to be saved
Emergency services are seen in Upper Caboolture, north of Brisbane, on Tuesday night
‘With nothing but absolute heartbreak, my family announce the sudden passing of our son, brother and best mate, Liam.
‘We are so overwhelmed with the love and support which we have been shown, and so deeply grateful for the community of people we have.’
Just a few weeks ago, the ‘popular and talented’ student shared his dreams for the future in a local newspaper.
‘I want to leave a legacy and know when I graduate, I was a part of making even a small change for our students and community by being proactive in establishing a positive culture and a sense of belonging for all students,’ he told the Caboolture Shire Herald.
‘I want to be a proactive captain and not just sit back and watch’.
Tributes have since poured in for the student (pictured) who was one of the captains at Tullawong State High School
Just a few weeks ago, the ‘popular and talented’ student (pictured) shared his dreams for the future in a local newspaper
Devastated mates took to social media to pay tribute, with one writing: ‘Rest easy now mate. You were one of the best.’
‘You made an impact on so many people without knowing it. fly high,’ another said.
Another heartbroken mate said: ‘Love you forever Liam, you beautiful boy. I’ll see you one day my love.’
Principal Kiah Lanham said the school was ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ by the news.
‘Liam Keegan was a popular and talented young person who will be greatly missed by all his friends and teachers,’ Ms Lanham said.
‘Our thoughts and sincere sympathies go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting more heavy rain over southeast Queensland, stressing the risk of further flash flooding – particularly in areas of steep terrain (pictured Brisbane)
‘Support is being provided to students and staff, and guidance counsellors are available to provide support.’
Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious and Workplace Health and Safety are now investigating.
The tragedy comes as severe weather continues to wreak havoc across parts of southeast Queensland forcing schools to close and residents to evacuate.
A major flood warning is active for the Logan River, inland from the Gold Coast, while the city’s biggest dam overflowed on Tuesday morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting more heavy rain, stressing the risk of further flash flooding – particularly in areas of steep terrain.