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The two skydivers killed after a tragic mid-air accident at Tyagarah near Byron Bay on Friday afternoon were taking part in a landing course when their parachutes became entangled.

Byron Bay resident Briony Alana Clarke, 29, died at the scene on Friday around 3.30pm, while Michael Vaughan, 45, died on Saturday afternoon in the Gold Coast University Hospital after his life support machine was turned off.

The South Queensland Parachute Council issued a statement saying it ‘has been a heartbreaking time for all of us but most particularly to the partners and families of Michael, and of Alana’.

The council said Mr Vaughan, a champion skydiver, had been running a week-long landings course for experienced skydivers when their chutes became tangled during a jump.

Mr Vaughan was airlifted to the Gold Coast hospital in a critical condition and underwent surgery.
A report is being prepared for the Coroner.

 


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