Two elderly tourists die during snorkelling trip on Great Barrier Reef

Published on : Wednesday, November 16, 2016

great-barrier-reefTwo elderly tourists from France died during a guided snorkelling trip in the north of Cairns on Wednesday, 16th November.



According to sources, the elderly woman and man were on a guided snorkelling trip organised by ‘Passions of Paradise’ diving company, where they were accompanied by 21 more elderly travellers. The travellers were snorkelling at Michaelmas Cay, when the two experienced heart attacks.



During the mishap, two of the snorkelling guides were with the adventure travellers. Witnesses informed that another guide was on the boat, while one guide was at the beach.



After awhile, the guide on the beach found the elderly man floating in the sea, while the guide on the boat spotted the woman and pulled her onto the catamaran.



Despite of all the efforts by the crew members to revive both the tourists, they died at the scene after receiving heart attacks.



According to the chief executive of Passions of Paradise, Scotty Garden, they had pre-existing medical conditions and were accompanied by a guide when they were in.



During the same snorkelling trip, a third French traveller also experienced medical difficulties but the elderly traveller survived after getting medical attention.



The executive director of Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, Col McKenzie informed that crew on the Passions boat worked to save them all, including CPR and using oxygen, but tragically two were declared to be dead by a doctor onboard the nearby Ocean Spirit.

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