Tourist Falls 16 Metres To His Death After Zipline Snaps In An Aussie Adventure Park

His wife, who was harnessed together with him, sustained serious injuries.

Cover image via ABC News/Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

A 50-year-old tourist plunged about 16 metres to his death after an adventure park zipline snapped in far northeastern Australia

The freak incident happened on Tuesday, 22 October, at the Jungle Surfing Canopy tours in the Daintree rainforest tourist hotspot in Queensland state.

According to The Straits Times, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The rainforest where the zipline snapped. It's a tourist attraction in Cape Tribulation, far north Queensland.

Image via David Wall/Alamy/The Guardian

The man's 48-year-old wife, who was harnessed together with him, has sustained serious injuries during the fall at about 2pm

Paramedics were called to the tourist attraction at Camelot Close at Cape Tribulation and she was flown by rescue helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital.

The woman is in a stable condition with broken bones, reported the Brisbane Times.

At the time of writing, the woman is still in the hospital with suspected pelvic injuries and injuries to her shoulder and arm.

Image via Daily Mail

The couple's fall was witnessed by two American tourists

The American tourists, Samantha Salyer and Joseph Maghe, said that they had just finished the same section of the Daintree rainforest tour and saw the couple fall.

According to them, the zipline snapped and after the couple fell to the ground, the woman called out the man's name, but there was no response.

"We got to the fifth platform and there were two couples behind us. There was a loud noise, we turned around, one of the lines had snapped and we saw them fall.

"It shook the entire tree we were on. They hung there, then they both came down at the same time," they were reported as saying by The Guardian.

Meanwhile, Phoebe Kitto, the Director of Jungle Surfing, has offered her thoughts to the families and friends of those affected

It will be thoroughly investigated by Workplace Health & Safety, which will receive our full cooperation.

She said that Jungling Surfing is "offering counselling to staff" and their patrons.

A zipline similar to the one the pair fell from, which takes people through the world-renowned Daintree rainforest.

Image via Daily Mail

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