Two Britons among four people were killed when two helicopters collided in mid-air near a marine theme park in the Australian state of Queensland.
An FCDO spokesman said: “We are supporting the families of the two British nationals who died in Australia and are in contact with local authorities.”
The collision on the Gold Coast happened around 2pm local time, when the park would have been full of families enjoying the school summer holidays.
Queensland Police Acting Inspector Gary Worrell said initial information indicated one helicopter was taking off and the other was landing.
Members of the public were among the first to arrive at the scene, with sandbanks making access to the scene difficult for emergency services workers.
“Members of the public and police tried to remove people and they started first aid and tried to help get people to safety,” Inspector Worrell said.
Jenny Sherman from the Queensland Ambulance Service said there were 13 people on board both helicopters.
Three people who were seriously injured were suffering from “multi-system trauma”, while six people with minor injuries – mainly from the impact of the glass – were also taken to hospital.
SeaWorld Helicopters, a separate company from the theme park, expressed its condolences, saying it was “devastated” by what happened and was cooperating with authorities’ investigation into why the crash happened.
A statement read: “We and the entire flying community are devastated by what has happened and our sincere condolences go out to all involved and especially to the loved ones and families of the deceased.”
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