Three die in horrific skydive in Australia

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident near Mission Beach in Queensland

One of the victims was identified by The Cairns Post as Kerri Pike, 50, a mother who was tandem skydiving with an instructor.

According to the ABC, the three people landed on the lawn of a property in Alexander Drive, Mission Beach, which is a small coastal town about two hours' drive south of Cairns.

A witness said: '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'.

At least one of the deceased is a skydiving instructor.

Located halfway between Cairns and Townsville, Mission Beach attracts backpackers making their way down the Queensland coast, and multiple companies offer skydiving in the area.

Queensland's ambulance service told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that one skydiver was found in the garden of a residence, and the other two were found close by.

"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. I could understand two, maybe, but not three.

The company extended "its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community".

"Important to note skydiving has been in place at Mission Beach for many years, this is worst incident in industry's history in the region". Police investigators and other agencies remain at the scene.

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