3 dead in skydiving accident in Australia

Police and paramedics were called to Mission Beach, Queensland at today - where two men in their thirties and a woman in her fifties were found dead. Queensland police confirmed that the two male skydivers, who worked for the company, were aged 34 and 35.

The three came down near Alexander Drive at Mission Beach shortly after 3 p.m.

Police said initial investigations found one person may have collided with tandem skydivers, and their parachutes failed to deploy correctly.

A statement from Skydive Australia, the company who organised the doomed skydives, released a statement following the tragedy. They were also pronounced dead.

One eyewitness told the Cairns Post: 'You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening.

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

"It wasn't good to watch".

Mrs Pike's husband is former Cassowary Coast councillor Alister Pike. I had my heart in my mouth'.

'It's disgusting news for the families and the thoughts of the council and the residents go to all those concerned and the families of those that have been killed'.

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

In the tiny community of Mission Beach, Queensland, parachuting is a popular activity for tourists looking for an exciting way to enjoy the attractive scenery.

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