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Three people killed in skydiving accident at Mission Beach, Queensland

14 October 2017, 12:50 | Ross Houston

Paramedics were called to Alexandra Drive Mission Beach about 3.15pm on Friday

Paramedics were called to Alexandra Drive Mission Beach about 3.15pm on Friday

A third victim, a highly experienced tandem jumper who had completed thousands of successful jumps, was found dead at a nearby property after skydiving solo.

Mission Beach mother of eight Kerri Pike, 50, has been confirmed as one of three victims in a freak skydiving accident in Northern Queensland.

"A solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers in mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly", a statement from Queensland Police said.

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

There are believed to be two companies offering skydiving activities in Mission Beach, which is a 14km stretch of sand with four villages based along it. They were also pronounced dead.

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

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One shocked onlooker said: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening". I had my heart in my mouth'.

Mrs Pike's husband is former Cassowary Coast councillor Alister Pike.

'It's terrible 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'.

The incident happened at Mission Beach, south of Cairns, this afternoon.

Skydive Mission Beach's website states that the company offers tandem jumps from altitudes of up to 15,000ft or 4572m. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.



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