A GoFundMe page has been launched after an international tourist died on Fraser Island during a holiday at the weekend.
Deklan Gilmartin, a “gifted” soccer player and “much-loved” character, died when his four-wheel-drive hire car rolled while travelling along the popular 75 Mile Beach on the island.
It is understood four people were travelling along the sand road about 7am on Sunday when the vehicle they were in lost control. According to local authorities, the 4WD rolled, killing the driver, just north of Eli Creek.
One of the rear passengers suffered serious head, hand and abdominal injuries, while the other two passengers were treated on the scene for minor injuries.
Mr Gilmartin, who was originally from the UK but now lived in NSW, played for Coogee United Football Club, who released a statement about the “gifted” player who was “far too good” for team level in which he played.
“Dekkers was a much loved member of Coogee United but also the wider football community having played in the NPL for a number of years,” the statement on Facebook read.
“He was arguably the most gifted player we’ve ever had to grace the black and white shirt of Coogee United and was often referred to by many as being ‘far too good for this level’.
“But, football aside, it was Dek’s tremendous love of life off the park that people adored even more. His smile was contagious and he was one of those that would light up every room and do anything to help others, anytime.
“Dek personified what our club strives to be in every way and we are shattered to have lost someone so special and so young.”
Mr Gilmartin had been posting numerous photos from his Queensland holiday, after borders opened to most of NSW earlier this month.
Heartbroken friend have shared tributes to “Dekkers” on social media, and on the GoFundMe page launched to aid the 29-year-old’s grieving family.
“Always a character that could light up the room,” one person wrote. “How could we forget you. Rest In Peace Deklan.”
Another said he was “larger than life” and always “lit up the room smiling and laughing”.
“Deks was a tremendous person, his energy, love for life and hilarious banter was unmatched,” one wrote on Instagram.
“A world without you is a place I don’t want to know, you were taken from us far too soon and nothing feels the same.”
It is unclear what caused the 4WD to roll, with police still investigating the cause of accident.