Tourist dies in Aussie jungle zipline fall

Tourists ziplining at the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours in the Daintree rainforest, Queensland.
Tourists ziplining at the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours in the Daintree rainforest, Queensland.PHOTO: JUNGLE SURFING CANOPY TOURS/FACEBOOK

CAIRNS (AFP) - A man has died and a woman been left with serious injuries after they plunged up to five storeys from a jungle zipline in far north-eastern Australia.

The husband and wife from South Australia were harnessed together at the Jungle Surfing Canopy tours in the Daintree rainforest tourist hot spot in Queensland state on Tuesday (Oct 22) when the incident occurred.

A man in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene, despite efforts of staff, tourists and emergency services to save him.

A 48-year-old woman was flown by rescue helicopter to the Cairns Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Queensland Ambulance Service has confirmed the woman had injuries to her shoulder and arms, including pelvic injuries.

Director of Jungle Surfing Phoebe Kitto has offered her thoughts to the families and friends of those affected.

"It will be thoroughly investigated by Workplace Health and Safety, which will receive our full cooperation," she said.

"We are offering counselling to staff and our patrons."

Queensland police said a report would be prepared for the coroner.