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Mum-of-eight eight dies in freak skydiving accident for 50th birthday

13 October 2017, 11:42 | Opal Carroll

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

The woman has been named by local media as Kerri Pike, a mother of eight.

She had been linked to a highly experienced instructor when the collision happened.

Mission Beach is near Cairns in Northern Queensland and is a popular tourist destination for skydivers and this is the worst accident in the history of the area.

A witness told The Cairns Post that "one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

"Initial investigations indicate that a solo skydiver may have collided with tandem skydivers ... mid-air with their parachutes failing to deploy correctly", a police statement said.

'I don't understand how three people could have died, unless someone was trying to catch them.

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Two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s were found dead at Mission Beach - several kilometers from the usual beach landing point - just after 3pm yesterday.

Skydiving is a popular tourist activity in the area, with numerous backpackers who travel the Queensland coast stopping by Mission Beach.

'The other two were jumping as a tandem pair: a highly experienced instructor and a customer'.

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

"It wasn't good to watch". Two of the victims were 34 and 35-year-old males with professional skydiving experience, while the third victim was a 50-year-old female customer of Skydive Australia which operated the dive. Police, the Australian Parachuting Federation and other investigators remain on the scene.

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