Man killed, woman injured in zipline accident at Australian tourist spot

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-23 08:55:29|Editor: Wang Yamei
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SYDNEY, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- A man has been killed and a woman seriously injured after an accident at a zipline park in Australia's Daintree Rainforest, in the northeast state of Queensland on Tuesday.

According to media reports, the couple, who were from the state of South Australia, were harnessed together when they fell over 10 meters from the zipline.

Emergency crews responded at around 2:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, pronouncing the 53-year-old man dead at the scene, while the 48-year-old woman was flown to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The attraction, known as Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, draws roughly 25,000 visitors from around the world every year and is one of the most popular tourist activities in the region, which sits adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

A U.S. couple told local media outlet Seven News that they had just completed the same section where the couple fell when the accident took place.

"We got to the fifth platform and there were two couples behind us," they said.

"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."

An investigation has been launched into how the accident took place, during which time the attraction will remain closed.