Another death on the Great Barrier Reef as Japanese tourist is pulled from water

An elderly tourist has died while snorkelling in North Queensland in the fourth reef death in the region in less than a month.

The 76-year-old Japanese woman was pulled unconscious from the waters at Moore Reef, about 40 kilometres from Cairns police say, on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s understood she had been snorkelling with family at the time of her death.

Another death on the Great Barrier Reef. Source: 7 News.

Police are preparing a report for the coroner.

The death comes after two French tourists and a British traveller died in snorkelling incidents on the reef in last month.

The man and woman were among a group of 21 elderly French nationals on a snorkelling tour at Michaelmas Cay north of Cairns with dive company Passions of Paradise in mid-November.

Two French tourists dead after suffering heart problems near Great Barrier Reef. Source: 7 News.

Twenty-one elderly French tourists were on board the Paradise of Passions catamaran near Michaelmas Cay when the two snorkelers were found floating unconscious. Source: Passions of Paradise

At the time Inspector Peter Mansfield said the 74-year-old French woman entered the water about 10.45am on November 16 and was spotted floating motionless a short time later.

She was then brought back on to the boat but couldn't be revived.


"While that was happening ... the 76-year-old man was observed also unconscious in the water," Inspector Mansfield told reporters in Cairns, in November.

"He was taken to shore and CPR attempted, but that was also unsuccessful."

He said the event unfolded very quickly and the pair hadn't been in the water for long.

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