Mother of Eight Among Three Dead in Tragic Skydiving Accident

Kerri Pike Peter Dawson and Toby Turner

Police in Australia have confirmed that three people have died following a skydiving accident.

Two men aged in their 30s and a woman in her 50s are thought to have collided while skydiving near Cairns in northeastern Australia.

Initial investigations indicate that a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly.
Researchers past year detected three tonnes of silver and 43kg of gold in effluent and sludge from wastewater treatment plants - valued at 3 million Swiss francs (S$4.15 million). He said that it wasn't clear why the parachute hadn't been released and that a collision could have happened at a higher altitude.

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.

Other skydivers from Skydive Mission Beach land on the beach on Thursday
Other skydivers from Skydive Mission Beach land on the beach on Thursday

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. No further details are available at this stage.

The small Queensland town is popular with tourists due to its close proximity to Great Barrier Reef.

One of the deceased is understood to have been a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps and was diving solo at the time.

The jumpers were not immediately named, but police said the dead men were instructors at Skydive Australia.


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