Pictured: Sydney woman killed in honeymoon tragedy on Hamilton Island

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A Sydney woman killed while honeymooning on Hamilton Island on Tuesday has been identified as Marina Morgan.

She was riding in a golf buggy with her new husband Robbie on the popular resort island when it overturned, with Ms Morgan dying at the scene from her injuries.

The couple had tied the knot at Doltone House in Sydney just 10 days before the tragic accident, Nine News reported.

"May God rest your beautiful soul Marina," one grieving friend posted on Facebook alongside a photo of the couple from the recent wedding.

"This tragedy is just unbelievable," another wrote. "So sad ..my deepest condolences and hugs to the family."

The couple were celebrating their honeymoon when tragedy struck. Source: Facebook
The couple were celebrating their honeymoon when tragedy struck. Source: Facebook

Police said there was no indication that alcohol or dangerous driving played a role in the death.

The couple were driving the buggy – the main form of transport for guests on Hamilton Island – when the husband tried to perform a U-turn which caused the cart to topple over.

QAS Acting Director Mackay District Ambulance Graeme McIntyre said an on-duty paramedic arrived at the scene within minutes and was assisted by others in trying to resuscitate the woman.

“(She) was in cardiac arrest and along with a number of first aiders on the island – an off-duty dentist, off-duty fire officer, and doctor from the island – (they) performed resuscitation for 35 minutes without success,” he said.

Some of Hamilton Island's 1,000-plus golf buggies parked on Front Street. Source: AAP
Some of Hamilton Island's 1,000-plus golf buggies parked on Front Street. Source: AAP

It's not the first time the island's fleet of buggies have been involved in serious accidents with authorities discontinuing the use of six-seater petrol buggies following a severe crash six years ago.

As investigations continue, Hamilton Island in a statement on Tuesday said guest safety was paramount.

“Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the woman involved in this tragic incident,” it said.

“Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our guests, residents and staff, and we are working closely with Queensland Police to investigate the incident.”

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