TWO tourists are dead and a third is lucky to be alive after all three reportedly suffered simultaneous heart attacks while snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
The trio was snorkelling in shallow waters at Michaelmas Cay, around 40 kilometres northeast of Cairns, when they got into trouble around 11am on Wednesday.
According to The Australian, Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators chief Col McKenzie said two people had been declared dead, while a third was being airlifted to Cairns base hospital.
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According to The Cairns Post, all three were French tourists aged in their 60s.