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Published on : Saturday, November 19, 2016
The 60-year old Englishman went for exploring the Reef and was found unconscious on the sea floor by fellow divers. The man was on his second dive of the day, from the boat, Silver Sonic, off the coast of Port Douglas, a popular tourist destination, 1,700 km north of Queensland’s capital of Brisbane.
“They brought him back to the surface, got him on board the boat, where they administered the oxygen and used a defibrillator,” Col McKenzie, executive director of the Association of Marine Park Tourism said.
“They called in to emergency services, a doctor was flown out to the Agincourt helicopter pad, and the doctor took part in that resuscitation event, but again, unsuccessful.”
On Wednesday, two French tourists in their mid-70’s suffered heart attacks and died, while snorkelling on the reef at Michaelmas Cay, 55 km south-east off the coast of Port Douglas.
A cardiologist said, the French tourists were likely stung by Irukandji jellyfish, a jellyfish the size of a fingernail, that is one of the most venomous creatures in the world.
Daniel Gschwind, CEO of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, said, the sequence of events was incredibly tragic.
“But we have to bear in mind, every year two million people visit the Great Barrier Reef with commercial operators — that’s a great big number,” Gschwind told the ABC.
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