THE IRISH WOMAN who died in a scuba diving accident in Australia on Monday has been named as 23-year-old Elaine Morrow, a Donegal science graduate.
Morrow, from Ballintra, was taking part in an introductory scuba diving course with a group at Langford Island in the Whitsunday Islands off North Queensland. She was on the second day of a three-day course, with about a dozen other tourists, when she failed to resurface after a dive at around 4pm on Monday.
Morrow was discovered unconscious the ocean floor, but despite several attempts to resuscitate her could not be revived, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
The NUI Maynooth science graduate had been living in Australia since January; she had been based in Sydney but had been travelling across the coast for a break.
The Irish Times quotes Sgt Graeme Pettigrew of Whitsundays Water Police as saying: “The person involved was on a resort – introductory – dive. She was not an experienced diver. She became lost from the group”.