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Irish woman dies in Australian diving accident

Irish tourist dies while on an introductory scuba dive in the Whitsunday Islands.

Langford Island in the Whitsundays off the coast of Queenland, where the woman was on an introductory dive.
Langford Island in the Whitsundays off the coast of Queenland, where the woman was on an introductory dive.

AN IRISH WOMAN, thought to be from Donegal, has died in a diving tragedy off the coast of north Australia.

The woman, who was scuba diving with a group at Langford Island at the Whitsundays in Queensland yesterday, failed to resurface. Queensland newspaper the Daily Mercury reports that her body was recovered by police a short time later.

Attempts to resuscitate the woman failed and she was pronounced dead. The Brisbane Times reports that she was on the second day of a three day boating trip aboard the Summertime vessel, operated by Whitsunday Sailing Adventures.

Queensland police have said that the woman was on an introductory dive but got separated from the team, which consisted of three divers and the instructor.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to TheJournal.ie that consular assistance is being provided to the woman’s family.

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