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Qld boy dies after toad hunting mishap

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Stuart Layt

A young teenager who was left in a critical condition after being accidentally hit in the head by a golf club has died in hospital.

The 13-year-old's family made the heartbreaking decision to turn off his life support on Tuesday.

The teenager had been hunting cane toads with friends near a golf course at Maroochydore around 7.30pm on Saturday when he was accidentally struck in the head with a golf club.

He immediately collapsed and his friends called an ambulance, which rushed the boy to Nambour hospital.

He was then flown to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, where he was put on life support.

Initial police investigations indicate the incident was a tragic accident and there are no suspicious circumstances.

Speaking before his death, the grandmother of one of his mates said the teenager's mother was devastated.

"She called my grandson yesterday and she was absolutely distraught," the woman, who didn't want to be named, told The Courier-Mail.

The RSPCA has repeatedly appealed to Queenslanders intent on killing cane toads not to hit them with golf clubs or cricket bats, saying such methods rarely kill the pests.

It says cane toads should be killed humanely by putting them to sleep in the fridge, before freezing them.

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