Trio die from skydive fall
THREE skydivers have died in a tragic accident at Queensland’s popular Mission Beach.
Police declared a crime scene at the area shortly after the horror unfolded
It is understood the incident involves two men and a woman and at least one of the group was an instructor.
One of the victims was reportedly found by a resident in their backyard where he was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
The two others were found entangled in a nearby tree.
The man and woman were also both pronounced dead.
The trio were all aged in their 30s and 40s.
An eyewitness who watched the skydive tragedy unfold said he could do nothing but watch as a skydiver dropped towards the earth.
“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.
“Unless maybe it was two chutes tangled together that I saw.
“I didn’t see anyone near them, but they were at a fairly high altitude so maybe a collision happened further up.”
He said the mood in town was sombre as residents came to terms with what had hap- pened. “It wasn’t good to watch. I had my heart in my mouth,” he said. A police spokeswoman confirmed they were investigating if a solo skydiver had collided with tandem skydivers in midair with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly.
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.
Cassowary Coast Regional Council Division 3 Councillor Wayne Kimberley has described the incident as a “terrible tragedy”.
Skydive Australia issued a statement after the incident.
“Three people have died after sustaining injuries from a skydiving accident in Far North Queensland,” the company said.
“The incident happened at Mission Beach, south of Cairns, this afternoon.
“One of the deceased, a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps, was completing a solo jump. “
A police tent at the scene