Canadian tourist dies while snorkeling at Lady Elliot

UPDATE 1:45PM

A CANADIAN tourist has mysteriously died while snorkelling at Lady Elliot Island.

Bundaberg Police said the man, 69, had been snorkelling with his wife, 59, at about 2pm yesterday when tragedy struck.

The cause of the tourist's death has not yet been determined.

Police say the pair had just finished an introductory snorkelling class at their hotel pool half an hour earlier and had decided to take a snorkel in the ocean.

Bundaberg Police acting Sergeant John Sajko said the man and his partner had been snorkelling for 10 minutes when he stopped to have a breather.

"They then kept snorkelling and she noticed something was wrong, he was just floating on the water," Acting Sgt Sajko said.

"She swam over to him, rolled him over, took his mask off and noticed he wasn't breathing."

Acting Sgt Sajko said the woman then tried to give her partner mouth-to-mouth as she pulled him back to shore.

"A German tourist on the island went to help the lady and they then went to the manager of the island and called Triple Zero," Acting Sgt Sajko said.

The emergency call was directed to Gladstone.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter, along with a paramedic, attended the scene just after 3pm, but the man was declared dead on their arrival.

The man was being flown to Bundaberg where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

"The couple were in the first two months of a three month holiday. They had arrived in Australia in early March," Acting Sgt Sajko said.

 

EARLIER:

THE cause of a Canadian tourist's death at Lady Elliot Island yesterday is still unknown.

Bundaberg Police said the man, 69, had been snorkeling with his wife at about 2pm yesterday when tragedy struck.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter attended but the man was declared dead on their arrival.

Gladstone Water Police are investigating.



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