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Friends launch Gofundme site to help family of drowned teen

Shawn Vogler
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UPDATE: Friends and family of a Toogoolawah teen who drowned while kayaking off the coast of Fraser Island have shared their love for him as they come to terms with his death.

Shawn Vogler's body was found on Sunday afternoon after a massive search by emergency services.

His kayak capsized on Saturday about 3.30pm and both police and the RACQ Rescue Helicopter were called in after he failed to resurface.

The beloved teen had a love for the outdoors and activities such as 4WDing.

His former school, Toogoolawah State High School, took to Facebook on Monday to share a simple message of mourning.

"Vale Shawn Vogler. Our thoughts are with your family and friends," the school said.

The school also shared pictures of Shawn and friends from their 2013 formal at Woodlands of Marburg and community members shared their condolence messages.

Friends have now launched a Gofundme account to help Shawn's family.

In a show of how much he was loved, members of the community donated more than $2000 to the account by Monday afternoon.

Organisers of the fund described how the holiday on Fraser Island turned into a nightmare.

"The boys went out for a casual kayak as everyone does when on holidays," they said.

"The boys were both knocked from their kayaks. It deeply saddens us that unfortunately Shawn never surfaced after being knocked off."

We're going to miss you Shawny."

Those who donated also shared their grief at Shawn's death.

"There are no words or actions to make this time any easier for your family," one donater said.

"My heart and all my support is with you all at this time."

Vale - Shawn Vogler our thoughts are with your family & friends.

Posted by Toogoolawah SHS on Sunday, March 20, 2016

 

Toogoolawah family grieve teen who drowned at Fraser Island

EARLIER: Friends and family of the young man whose body was found off of Fraser Island have shared their love for him as they come to terms with his death.

The body found of Fraser Island yesterday afternoon is believed to be Shawn Vogler, a beloved 19-year-old from Toogoolawah who loved the outdoors.

Toogoolawah State High School today shared a post on Facebook with a simple message.

"Vale Shawn Vogler. Our thoughts are with your family and friends," the school said.

The school shared formal photos of Shawn and friends and family shared their grief in messages on the post.

Shawn went missing after going kayaking on Saturday afternoon. His kayak capsized about 3.30pm on Saturday and he did not resurface. A full-scale search was launched to help find him.

Police, the RACQ Rescue Helicopter and other emergency services all attempted to find Shawn.

His body was discovered on Sunday afternoon.

 

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