Two French tourists die at Great Barrier Reef
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”. –