Updated: 05/26/2014 10:31 | By Agence France-Presse

Australian tourist dies in Fiji snorkelling accident

An Australian man holidaying in Fiji died in a snorkelling accident over the weekend, police said Monday, in another blow to the South Pacific nation's tourism industry.

Australian tourist dies in Fiji snorkelling accident

File photo of a beach on Fiji's Coral Coast, 09 December 2006 - by William West

The 36-year-old from Melbourne went missing on Saturday after going snorkelling from the Outrigger on the Lagoon resort in Sigatoka.

Resort manager Peter Hopgood said the guest went into the water alone and the alarm was raised when staff realised he was missing later that night.

"He failed to return to his room after which the alarm on his search was issued. The locals with the help of the police searched the areas, but could not locate him as it was dark," Hopgood told AFP.

"We started the search in the morning on Sunday and his body was located 100 metres (yards) south of the resort."

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Another Australian tourist, 40-year-old Mark Hardaker, died in Fiji earlier this month when a speedboat crashed into his fishing boat.

Tourism is the nation's highest foreign exchange earner, with more than 700,000 Australians and New Zealanders travelling to Fiji annually.

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