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Woman dies after suffering medical episode while snorkeling off Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays

Holiday island tragedy as snorkeler suddenly DIES while exploring a reef off one of Australia’s most picturesque beaches

  • Woman died after a medical episode while snorkeling in Whitsundays
  • The woman in her fifties was brought to shore from the waters of Airlie Beach on Tuesday
  • Paramedics back on shore at the Coral Sea Marina until the woman arrived
  • Is the second death that occurred on the days of Pentecost in the past week?
  • Newlywed died on honeymoon after her golf cart rolled last Tuesday

A woman has died after a medical episode while snorkelling off one of Australia’s most picturesque beaches in the Whitsundays.

The woman, in her fifties, was rescued from the waters off Airlie Beach around noon on Tuesday afternoon and taken to shore in critical condition.

She had undergone CPR aboard a commercial tourist vessel.

A woman in her 50s died Tuesday after suffering a medical episode while snorkeling off Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays (pictured)

A woman in her 50s died Tuesday after suffering a medical episode while snorkeling off Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays (pictured)

Paramedics had to wait at the boat ramp at Coral Sea Marina for the woman to arrive.

This is the second death to have occurred in the Whitsundays in the past week.

It comes after newlywed Marina Morgan, 29, was killed on her honeymoon last Tuesday after the electric golf buggy her husband Robbie, 30, was driving, suddenly rolled over while making a U-turn on Hamilton Island.

Mrs Morgan, who was not wearing a seat belt, fell out of the vehicle and onto the road.

Newlywed Marina Morgan (right), 29, was killed on her honeymoon last Tuesday after the electric golf buggy her husband Robbie (left) was driving suddenly rolled away while making a U-turn.

Newlywed Marina Morgan (right), 29, was killed on her honeymoon last Tuesday after the electric golf buggy her husband Robbie (left) was driving suddenly rolled away while making a U-turn.

Bystanders, including an off-duty firefighter, dentist and doctor, spent 35 minutes trying to save her life, but the young woman went into cardiac arrest.

A helicopter was originally called from nearby Townsville to take her to hospital, but was withdrawn when experts realized the severity of her injuries.

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