‘Rest in peace my beautiful little sister’: Brother’s heartbreaking tribute to British woman, 21, killed in quad bike crash on Australian tourist…
- Londoner Bryony Bonekyn died after a quad bike flipped over on Saturday
- She was riding the vehicle with a male passenger in Queensland, Australia
- Her brother, Ben, said her death has ‘left a hole that will never be refilled’
- She had been working in a bar in Coen to save money for her studies
The brother of a 21-year-old gap year student who died after a quad bike flipped over on an Australian beach has paid tribute to his ‘beautiful little sister’.
Londoner Bryony Bonekyn was riding the off-road vehicle when it rolled over after hitting a stream of water on a beach in Queensland on Saturday.
Her brother, Ben Bonekyn wrote on Facebook: ‘The events of today have left a hole that will never be refilled. Rest in peace my beautiful little sister Bryony Bonekyn.’
Tragic: Bryony Bonekyn was riding a quad bike when it rolled over on a beach in Queensland on Saturday
She volunteered for the Elephant Freedom Project, a conservation programme in Sri Lanka, earlier this year
Heartfelt tributes: Friends have described the 21-year-old gap student as ‘a beautiful person inside and out’
The crash happened at about 3pm on One Mile Beach at Port Stewart. Ms Bonekyn was pronounced dead at the scene while a 37-year-old male passenger was unharmed.
The Briton had been working in a pub at Coen for two months and was saving money to pay for her studies.
She had been backpacking in the far north of the continent and was due to return home to north London in two weeks to finish university.
Friends also took to social media to pay tribute the Ms Bonekyn.
Wiktoria Laba wrote: ‘So so devastated and heartbroken.
I can’t believe she’s no longer with us. We only just talked a few days ago.’
Earlier this year, Ms Bonekyn volunteered for the Elephant Freedom Project, a conservation programme in Sri Lanka.
Volunteer: Staff at the Elephant Freedom Project in Sri Lanka said they are devastated to learn of her death
One friend wrote on Facebook: ‘Her family should know that she touched people in such a positive way’
Australia: One Mile Beach, which is located to the north of Queensland, is a popular beach spot with tourists
Tom Perica wrote on social media: ‘We are enormously sad to hear about the loss of such an amazing person.
‘She had a lot of wisdom for someone so young and her family should know that she touched people in such a positive way.’
Heidi Laugesen added: ‘I will forever miss my gorgeous friend who I had a blast with in SL (Sri Lanka). So happy and lucky to have known her.
Such a beautiful person inside and out.’
The Elephant Freedom Project wrote on their page: ‘We are utterly devastated to learn about the untimely death in Australia of Bryony, better known to us as BB.
‘We wish her family much strength in this extremely difficult time.
BB, we will miss you dearly.”
Investigations into the crash are continuing.
A fundraising appeal has been launched to help fund Ms Bonekyn’s parents’ trip to Australia to identify her body, plus funeral costs.