Likely cause of 17-year-old boy's electrocution death revealed

Olivia Lambert
·News Editor
·3-min read

A 17-year-old school captain who died after he was electrocuted is believed to have been welding at the time of the tragic incident.

Liam Keegan died at a home in Upper Caboolture, north of Brisbane, on Tuesday evening after Queensland's southeast was lashed with torrential rain.

A neighbour recalled a "distressing screaming" coming from the suburban house before the Tullawong State High School student was pronounced dead at the scene just after 7pm.

Liam Keegan was school captain at Tullawong State High School. Source: Facebook/Tullawong State High School
Liam Keegan was school captain at Tullawong State High School. Source: Facebook/Tullawong State High School

As investigations into his death continue, the Caboolture Shire Herald reports it understands the teenager had been welding at the time of the tragic incident.

The death is currently under investigation by the Electrical Safety Office, a Worksafe spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia.

Due to ongoing investigations they could not confirm whether the teen was welding, and if he lived there or was at the property for work purposes.

Sister's devastating tribute

Liam's sister Ebony Louise posted a heartbreaking tribute to Facebook in the wake of her brother's death, saying her heart has shattered into "too many pieces to count".

"With nothing but absolute heartbreak, my family announce the sudden passing of our son, brother and best mate, Liam Keegan," she said.

"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."

Friends have also flooded social media with touching tributes to the 17-year-old.

Liam Keegan and his sister Ebony. Source: Facebook
Liam Keegan and his sister Ebony. Source: Facebook

"I still can't believe you're gone Keegan ... You're something so special and unique and I'll never forget your name," one said.

"Liam was such an amazing young man, it is just so incomprehensible," another said.

Queensland Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan also shared his condolences on Facebook.

"I'm terribly saddened to hear that 17-year-old Liam Keegan from Upper Caboolture tragically passed away overnight," he wrote on Wednesday.

"My thoughts are with his family, friends and the Tullawong State High School community."

Moreton Bay Regional Division 12 councillor Tony Latter said he was too "very sad to hear about the tragic passing".

"As school captain Liam had a lot of connections and impact and will be greatly missed," he said.

School captain shared future dreams before death

In a local newspaper just before his death, Liam shared his dreams for the future in a story featuring school captains.

"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."

Tullawong State High School principal Kiah Lanham said Liam was a "popular and talented" young person and the school would be offering support to students at the school.

It is believed Liam Keegan was welding at the time he died. Source: Facebook
It is believed Liam Keegan was welding at the time he died. Source: Facebook

Southeast Queensland has been on high-alert after days of rain pummelled large parts of Australia's east.

The body of a 38-year-old husband and father reported missing was found in a submerged ute on Wednesday and police believe he may have tried to drive across a flooded causeway in southeast Queensland.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned Queenslanders the danger is not over as water continues to make its way through flooded areas for several days.

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Worksafe Queensland for comment.

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