Three dead in Australia skydive incident

Three dead in Australia skydive incident

Three dead in Australia skydive incident

Police said initial investigations indicated a solo skydiver collided with a tandem skydiving pair over Mission Beach, about 110 kilometres south-east of Cairns, just after 3pm on Friday.

A local resident said three people had fallen onto the lawn of a property on the street, about 1.5 kilometres north of the usual landing site.

Queensland's ambulance service told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that one skydiver was found in the garden of a residence, and the other two were found close by.

Skydive Australia released a statement following the incident confirming that three people had died after sustaining injuries in the accident.

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Skydiving is an attraction for adventure-minded tourists in the area, along with whitewater rafting on the Tully River, he added.

There are a number of skydiving companies operating in Mission Beach.

One shocked onlooker said: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening. I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

They also extended their "deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community".

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Local Councillor Wayne Kimberley said the incident was a bad tragedy, with Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos describing the news as devastating, according to the ABC.

An experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps was among those killed in a tragic skydive accident at Mission Beach as police call for eyewitnesses and footage to help in their investigation.

There are believed to be two companies offering skydiving activities in Mission Beach, which is a 14km stretch of sand with four villages based along it.

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