Skydive tragedy in NQ
AN eyewitness who saw a skydive tragedy unfold said he could do nothing but watch as a skydiver dropped towards the earth.
Police yesterday declared a crime scene at the area where three skydivers died at Mission Beach.
It is understood one of the victims was found by a resident in their backyard where he was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
“I watched it unfold,” the man, who did not wish to be named, said.
“You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn’t opening. I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw.”
The witness said it appeared the skydiver did not activate a backup parachute after the first one failed.
“I don’t understand how three people could have died, unless someone was trying to catch them,” he said. “I could understand two, maybe, but not three.”
He said the mood in town was sombre as residents came to terms with what had happened.
The area is believed to be a sparsely populated area near the Clump Point jetty turn-off and is understood to be some distance from the normal landing zone for skydivers.
A police spokeswoman said it was believed a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in midair with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly.
The trio were in their 30s and 40s.