Two French tourists die at Great Bar­rier Reef

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TWO French tourists died yes­ter­day while snorkelling at a pop­u­lar tourist spot on the Great Bar­rier Reef in Aus­tralia, au­thor­i­ties said.

The man and wo­man, re­port­edly in their 60s, were spot­ted float­ing in the water at Michael­mas Cay, a reef-ringed sand is­land near Cairns, by staff work­ing for dive com­pany Pas­sions of Par­adise, chief executive Scotty Gar­den said.

The pair who died – among a French group of 21 peo­ple on board a cata­ma­ran – had “pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions and were ac­com­pa­nied by a guide when they were in the water”, the chief executive said.

Queens­land state’s As­so­ci­a­tion of Marine Park Tourism Op­er­a­tors said the trio were snorkelling, but could not con­firm how they died.

Po­lice said that the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the deaths “are be­lieved to be non-sus­pi­cious”. –

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