The Queensland skydiving site where three people died has been closed temporarily

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Skydive the Beach Group, the operator of an Australian skydiving business where three people died last Friday, has closed its Mission Beach dropzone in Queensland temporarily while the accident is being investigated.

A short time ago, shares in the company were down 7.7% to $0.72.

“The two skydiving instructors involved were extremely experienced,” the company’s says in a statement to the ASX.

“The customer was a very well respected and loved Mission Beach resident. The company extends its deepest sympathies to the families and other loved ones affected.

“The Australian Parachute Federation is conducting an extensive investigation into the cause of the accident and the company is fully assisting it and the authorities.”

The company has closed the Mission beach dropzone but anticipates operations will reopen shortly.

“This is an absolute tragedy and our heartfelt condolences go to the families, the Mission Beach community and the broader skydiving fraternity,” says Anthony Ritter, Skydive’s CEO.

“Existing bookings have been relocated to our Cairns drozpone. We look forward to recommencing operations shortly so that the Mission Beach team and the Mission Beach community can move forward together and continue adventure tourism in this beautiful ‘paradise’ of a location.”

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