Mother of Eight Among Three Dead in Tragic Skydiving Accident

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident at Mission Beach south of Cairns

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident at Mission Beach south of Cairns

The jumpers were not immediately named, but police said the dead men were instructors at Skydive Australia. Queensland police confirmed that the two male skydivers, who worked for the company, were aged 34 and 35.

"Every person in Mission Beach we have spoken to about #skydive tragedy is absolutely heartbroken Big industry, well supported by locals", reporter Daniel Bateman reported on Twitter.

Initial investigations indicate a solo skydiver collided with a tandem skydiving pair.

They also extended their "deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community".

An eyewitness to the final moments of at least one of the skydivers told the Post there was nothing he could do.

"I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw", he said.

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'It wasn't good to watch.

Pike is the wife of a former councillor for the Cassowary Coast, which includes the town of Mission Beach. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

'We are very, very saddened to hear about this news and right now I feel quite gutted actually, ' he said.

Paramedics and police were called to Mission Beach, a popular skydiving spot about 140km (87 miles) south of Cairns.

Skydiving activities have been temporarily suspended and the Australian Parachute Federation is reportedly sending representatives north from Brisbane to investigate.

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