Posted: 16 November, 2016
Two Tourists Reportedly Dead After Snorkelling On The Great Barrier Reef
Two tourists have died at a popular dive and snorkelling spot north of Cairns.
Water police are expected to arrive at Michaelmas Cay at about 1.30pm.
It's been reported the pair, believed to be French tourists, both had pre- existing medical conditions and didn't respond to frantic efforts to revive them.
There are reports a third French tourist also got into trouble in the water, but survived.
Police have confirmed a third person is alive and will receive specialist care when help arrives.
Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators executive director Col McKenzie says tour operators worked to treat all three, but two could not be saved.
"Crew on the Passions boat worked to save them all, including CPR and using oxygen, but tragically two are dead," he's told The Cairns Post.
"There was a doctor onboard the nearby Ocean Spirit who declared them dead."