A 50-year old mother-of-eight has died along with two experienced male instructors in a skydiving accident.
Mrs. Kerri Pike, was married to former Australian Councillor Alister Pike, had died while taking part in a tandem skydive on her 50th birthday.The jump was a birthday present given to her by her husband and children.
Two of her close friends and experienced instructors also died along with her in the accident
Emergency services were called at about 3 pm on Friday to the scene.The victims were treated for critical injuries but later pronounced dead.
Police say initial investigations reveals that one of the instructor’s who was doing a solo skydiving collided with the other two mid-air, and their parachutes failed to deploy.
It was reported that the bodies of Mrs. Pike and her instructor were found in a banana farm tangled up in a tree.While the body of the other instructor was found in the garden of a nearby house.
An eyewitness said they were terrified as they watched the parachute tangled and refusing to deploy.He said he watched the man free fall until he disappeared behind the trees.
Skydiving at Mission Beach has been suspended until investigations are concluded to determine what actually went wrong.
Mission Beach, is a regular tourists spot for skydiving, with these fatalities the worst in the history of the industry for the region.
The Police remain at the scene of the accident. The Australian Parachute Federation has also sent representatives to partake in the investigation.