Tributes Flow For Queensland Zip Line Victim
South Australian man Dean Sanderson has been identified as the victim of Tuesday's fatal zip line fall in Queensland.
Dean and his wife Shannon Sanderson had been visiting the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours site in Cape Tribulation when they fell 15 metres at about 2pm.
Shannon was rescued by paramedics and flown by helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital with serious injuries to her shoulders, back and pelvis.
Dean, 50, could not be not saved.
His family released a statement on Wednesday to pay tribute to the loving husband, father and friend.
"Our family is mourning the tragic loss of our husband, father and great friend Dean Sanderson after an accident at Cape Tribulation in Queensland," the statement said.
"We would like to thank the Queensland Police, Queensland Paramedics and the tremendous staff at the Cairns Hospital for their support."
Police and workplace health and safety are investigating how the incident occurred, but were unable to confirm if the couple fell while moving or stationary.
This is not the first time an accident has occurred at the tourist attraction.
In 2004 a British tourist suffered severe head injuries after falling 30 metres from the zip line.
The tour guide overseeing the activity was jailed for two years and eight months over the incident.
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