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Irishwoman dies in Oz scuba dive accident

A 23-year-old Irishwoman has died in a tragic scuba diving accident in Australia.

Fellow divers tried in vain to resuscitate the woman after pulling her body from the ocean floor during an introductory scuba dive trip in the Whitsunday Islands off Queensland's north coast.

She was scuba diving with up to a dozen others when she got separated from the group beneath the water. Panic gripped the group when she failed to resurface.

She was on the second day of a three-day charter with friends on the boat Summertime operated by Whitsundays Sailing Adventures.

Whitsundays Sailing Adventures said its practices were to the highest safety standards.

"All of our tours are operated to the highest safety standards. The operator involved carried out all emergency procedures including CPR, but unfortunately the young lady could not be revived," the company said.