Tourists die in reef in­ci­dents

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO tourists have died in as many days while swim­ming at pop­u­lar reef des­ti­na­tions.

A 70-year-old for­eign na­tional was pulled from the wa­ter un­con­scious about 11am on Fri­day while snorkelling.

A Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said by­standers at the scene at­tempted to re­sus­ci­tate him.

He said flight paramedics also at­tended via Res­cue 510 he­li­copter in an ef­fort to re­vive the man, but he died at the scene. The man’s body was trans­ported to the main­land by he­li­copter. It’s un­der­stood he had pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

A po­lice spokes­woman also con­firmed a 72-year-old Amer­i­can man died on Satur­day, af­ter drown­ing at Agin­court Reef, lo­cated 65km off the coast of Port Dou­glas. It’s un­der­stood the man had been swim­ming about 12.30pm.

The spokes­woman said a re­port would be pre­pared for the coro­ner.

A four-year-old girl was also taken to Cairns Base Hospi­tal in a se­ri­ous con­di­tion on Satur­day fol­low­ing a neardrown­ing. Paramedics were called to the in­ci­dent at Cairns North about 6.07pm.

She re­mains in hospi­tal in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

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