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Police are investigating the death of a 52-year-old Queensland woman who was scuba diving near one of the Tweed’s most popular surfing beaches on Tuesday afternoon .

Police say that around 3.40pm, emergency services were called to Duranbah Beach at Tweed Heads after the woman got into difficulty while scuba diving with family members off Little Cove.

She was pulled from the water and first aid was administered until NSW Ambulance paramedics attended and continued with CPR, but she died at the scene.

Police have taken her scuba diving tanks for for scientific examination and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Byron Bay death

The incident comes just days after another diver died at Julian Rocks off Byron Bay.

Teresa Swarbick, who was holidaying in the area with her husband and children, got into trouble on an organised snorkelling trip on Wednesday.

Local media reports Ms Swarbick had difficulty staying afloat in strong currents and that there were problems in getting her back into the dive boat.

Ms Swarbick was taken back to The Pass where paramedics attempted unsuccessfully to revive her.

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  1. I would like to draw attention (again after many years) to the woeful lack of real instruction for scuba diving and even snorkeling -a real skill much underrated and vastly misunderstood. Diving is a very physical sport which requires significant reserves of energy for extended times on some occasions.The absolute unethical practice teaching someone to scuba dive in on average 4 days. Everyone passes and gets their badge but the drop out rate is enormous once they have started diving after the end of their “training”. The teaching system is a travesty -but profitable! The people who now are the main “trainers” are using a very poor system of marketing and spin. I have written extensively about this for years drawing attention to the really ridiculously low standards -fortunately most people stop diving soon after their ocean boat experiences -otherwise there would be far more accidents or fatalities. The ocean is a very unforgiving place and most divers/boating people don’t begin to understand even simple things about the ocean and rivers e.g. ebb tide and flood tide. Terry Morrison A retired diver who has a few years experience…


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