Mum of eight among three killed in skydiving tragedy when parachutes failed to open
Kerri Pike, 50, has been named as one of three killed in a skydiving tragedy on Mission Beach, Australia (Picture: Facebook)

A mum-of-eight is among three people killed in a skydiving accident at a popular tourist beach in Australia. 

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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.

It is believed her husband Alister, a former local councillor, and children had gifted the skydive as a 50th birthday present.

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

Mum of eight among three killed in skydiving tragedy when parachutes failed to open
It is believed her husband Alister, a former local councillor, and children had gifted the skydive as a 50th birthday present. (Picture: Facebook)

Her body was found in a tree with the instructor while the second instructor was found nearby in a garden.

Paramedics were called to the scene just after 3pm local time and the casualties were pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness said: ‘You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn’t opening.

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Mum of eight among three killed in skydiving tragedy when parachutes failed to open
Two men were also killed in the skydiving accident on Mission Beach, Australia (Picture: ABC/Kathy McLeish)

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

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‘I don’t understand how three people could have died, unless someone was trying to catch them. I could understand two, maybe, but not three.

‘I didn’t see anyone near them, but they were at a fairly high altitude so maybe a collision happened further up.’

A police spokesperson said: ‘Two men in their 30s and a woman in her 50s were located deceased at the scene. Police investigators and other agencies remain at the scene.

Mum of eight among three killed in skydiving tragedy when parachutes failed to open
Kerri’s body was found in a tree with the instructor while the second instructor was found nearby in a garden. (Picture: Facebook)

‘No further details are available at this stage.’

The small Queensland town is popular with tourists due to its close proximity to Great Barrier Reef.

The company involved was named as Skydive Australia, which offers skydiving from 18 locations across Australia.

A Skydive Australia spokesman said: ‘Three people have died after sustaining injuries in a skydiving accident in Far North Queensland.

‘The incident happened at Mission Beach, south of Cairns, this afternoon.

‘One of the deceased was a highly experienced instructor who had completed thousands of jumps and was completing a solo jump.

‘The other two deceased were jumping as a tandem pair; a highly experienced instructor and a customer.’

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