Kin Kin fisherman drowns

Kin Kin was reeling last Thursday as word spread that one of its “characters”, Jim Brady, had died in a freak boat accident.

Mr Brady, 52, drowned after becoming entangled in an anchor rope while fishing on Lake Cootharaba on Wednesday afternoon.

His devastated children, Jessica and Johnny, travelled to Kin Kin after the death from their home on the Gold Coast as they struggled to come to terms with their father’s death.

Jessica, 22, was woken early in the morning by a visit from police, who told her the awful news.

She said she last spoke to her dad the previous weekend for their regular Sunday chat.

“He called us every Sunday, so I spoke to him on Sunday and he spoke to my little brother as well,” she said.

“We normally talk during the week, but he also calls every Sunday and he calls his dad every Sunday as well.”

Jessica said Mr Brady was a good dad and she would miss “everything” about him.

They had not seen each other for a couple of months because of the distance between the Gold Coast and Kin Kin.

“He was really supportive no matter how much I stuffed up,” Jessica said.

“He was always there to bail me out when I got in trouble.”

Mr Brady lived on a six-hectare lemon farm and was improving the property by adding sheds and weirs.

Jessica described her dad as a “Kin Kin and Pomona pub kind of guy” who was well-known around the town.

Mr Brady was a regular patron at the iconic Kin Kin Country Life Hotel.

Bar manager Shelley Lait said Mr Brady popped in for “a couple of beers or a couple of scotches and a chit chat” about twice a week.

“He would always drum up a bit of work for his pest-killing business,” Ms Lait said.

She said locals were shocked as they heard about the tragedy.

“You don’t expect someone to go fishing and get killed doing it,” Ms Lait said.

The alarm was raised late on Wednesday afternoon when Mr Brady did not return with his hire boat to Cooloola Adventures by the 4.30pm deadline. Police found Mr Brady’s body about 7pm. His death was not being treated as suspicious.

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