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British Diver, 60, Dies In Great Barrier Reef Incident

He is the third person to die on the reef in as many days.

18/11/2016 08:40 | Updated 18 November 2016

A British man has died while diving on the Great Barrier Reef on Friday, an Australian tourism company has said.

The 60-year-old certified diver from England became the third person to die on the reef in as many days.

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An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef 
 

He was rescued from the bottom of the ocean at Agincourt Reef, near Port Douglas, after he was seen to have had his breathing regulator out of his mouth, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators said.

The company’s executive director Col McKenzie said: “After an extended effort with no response, the diver was declared dead.”

Two French tourists died while snorkelling on the reef at Michaelmas Cay on Wednesday. They are believed to have suffered cardiac arrests. 

The 76-year-old man and 74-year-old woman died while diving with a group of 21 elderly French people. 

Both victims had declared “pre-existing medical conditions” in paper work before they went into the water.

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