Three people killed in skydiving accident at Mission Beach, Queensland

Three people have died during a skydiving accident over Mission Beach, a popular backpacking area just south of Cairns in Australia.

Paramedics were called to the property at around 3pm this afternoon.

Queensland police said the victims were two males who were highly experienced skydiving professionals, aged 34 and 35, and a 50-year-old woman customer.

The company said skydiving operations had been suspended at Mission Beach while authorities conduct an extensive investigation.

There are reports that three people have died after a skydiving accident near a beach in Brisbane.

An eyewitness was quoted as saying: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

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The small Queensland town is popular with tourists due to its close proximity to Great Barrier Reef.

The other two bodies were found in a tree nearby.

"It wasn't good to watch".

The company operating the dives, Skydive Australia, released a statement on Friday offering its "deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences" to the families of the deceased and to the local skydiving community. "I had my heart in my mouth", he said.

Local Councillor Wayne Kimberley said the incident was a bad tragedy, with Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos describing the news as devastating, according to the ABC. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.

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