Tourists die in reef incidents
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.