Three die in horrific skydive in Australia

Three die in horrific skydive in Australia

A Skydive Australia spokesman said: 'Three people have died after sustaining injuries in a skydiving accident in Far North Queensland.

Paramedics said they were called out just after 3:00pm to Alexander Drive where two men and one woman were found deceased.

The victims - two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s - were taking part in a jump at Mission Beach in Queensland.

Kerri Pike, 50, was named as one of the victims who fell to their deaths after they collided with another instructor on Mission Beach, near Cairns.

Police and other agencies remain at the scene, with representatives from The Australian Parachute Federation also sent in from Brisbane to investigate.

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The Daily Mail has reported that Pike, a mother of eight, received the skydiving trip as a 50th birthday gift from her family. The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: "a highly experienced instructor and a customer", the statement from Skydive Australia reads.

The area's local mayor, John Kremastos, told the ABC that the incident was "horrible news", saying: "Three people in one accident is very, very sad".

"The Company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community", the statement read. "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening", he recalled.

"Skydiving operations have been suspended at Mission Beach while the appropriate authorities conduct an extensive investigation".