2 U.S. Tourists, 2 Others Injured After Helicopter Crashes on Great Barrier Reef

In this Wednesday, March 21, 2018, image made from video, a body recovered from a helicopter crash is wheeled on to a wharf in Queensland, Australia. (Channel 9 via AP)

Two American tourists died and two others sustained minor injuries when a helicopter crashed on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Wednesday, officials said.

Police Inspector Ian Haughton said the pilot pulled one of his four passengers from the wreckage after the crash at a coral-viewing pontoon northeast of the Whitsunday Islands. But desperate attempts to revive the 65-year-old woman failed.

Haughton said a 79-year-old man also died despite bystanders’ attempts to resuscitate him.

The man and woman have not been identified, but are both Hawaii residents, the New York Times reported.

A 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman from Colorado were taken to the Australian mainland for medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, Haughton said.

All four tourists knew each other.

Police said the helicopter was on its final approach for landing at the Hardy Reef viewing pontoon on what was a routine flight. The people were also on a nearby dive and snorkel platform when the helicopter crashed, police told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Amy Lieu

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