Three people have been killed following a skydiving accident in Australia

Three people have been killed in a skydiving accident near Mission Beach in Queensland

Police and paramedics were called to Mission Beach, Queensland at today - where two men in their thirties and a woman in her fifties were found dead.

Their bodies were found about a mile from the designated landing site on Mission Beach.

Two other bodies were then found in a nearby tree.

'I don't understand how three people could have died, unless someone was trying to catch them.

Mission Beach mother of eight Kerri Pike, 50, has been confirmed as one of three victims in a freak skydiving accident in Northern Queensland.

The sky-dive was a present for Kerri from her family.

At least one of the deceased is a skydiving instructor.

Skydive Mission Beach has ceased operations for at least two days and all weekend jumps have been cancelled.

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The others, another instructor and a customer, were jumping as a tandem pair, said the company organising the jump, Skydiving Australia, in a statement.

"The Company extends its deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the individuals and families involved and the broader skydiving community", the statement read.

"I watched it unfold".

An eyewitness was quoted as saying: "You could see one chute was tangled and it wasn't opening".

"I was just watching him in free fall until he went behind the trees, and that was the last I saw", he said.

"It wasn't good to watch".

Local Councillor Wayne Kimberley said the incident was a awful tragedy, with Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos describing the news as devastating, according to the ABC.

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