Experienced skydiver among three killed

14 October, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Kim Reid

Three skydivers have died in a horrific mid-air collision on Australia's Queensland coast.

It is understood that emergency services attended the scene at Mission Beach, off Alexander Drive at approximately 3pm this afternoon.

Police and paramedics were called to Mission Beach, Queensland at today - where two men in their thirties and a woman in her fifties were found dead.

In a statement issued this evening, Skydive Australia said it had suspended operations at Mission Beach following the tragedy.

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Vision captured shortly before the fatalities has emerged of other tourists successfully completing their jumps at the beach.

"The two others were located soon after where they had become entangled in a nearby tree", the Cairns Post said.

'One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump, ' they said.

"Important to note skydiving has been in place at Mission Beach for many years, this is worst incident in industry's history in the region".

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An eyewitness told Cairns News that he saw one skydiver fall to the ground without their parachute released.

A witness said: 'You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening.

'It wasn't good to watch. "We value the tourism industry and this is a bad blow to that industry - particularly at Mission Beach, where we rely so heavily on tourism". "I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

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