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

13 October, 2017, 23:43 | Author: Wade Massey

Kerri Pike, 50, was named as one of the victims who fell to their deaths after they collided with another instructor on Mission Beach, near Cairns.

She had been doing a tandem dive with one of the instructors.

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.

The skydive was a 50th birthday present from her family.

"I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw", the witness said.

Police in Australia have confirmed that three people have died following a skydiving accident.

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One of the victims landed in the front garden of a house and the two others were found entangled in a nearby tree on a banana farm.

In a statement issued this evening, Skydive Australia said it had suspended operations at Mission Beach following the tragedy.

The solo skydiver was a "highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps", while the other two were a customer and another experienced instructor, it said in a statement.

A police spokesperson said: 'Two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s were located deceased at the scene.

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

Brad Turner from the Australian Parachuting Federation said an investigator from the organisation was already in Mission beach assisting with investigations.

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