75 year old Japanese tourist dies at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

An elderly Japanese womMichael Sandford imprisoned over Trump death plot
A British man has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison over his attempt to grab a gun in a bid to kill Donald Trump. Michael Sandford, 20, pleaded guilty in September to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and disrupting an official function.
He was accused of grabbing a policeman’s gun at a rally in Las Vegas in order to shoot at the candidate.  His mother says “he is remorseful over what he did”. Sandford, of Dorking, Surrey, had faced up to 10 years in prison over the alleged assassination plot. The court heard that he could be eligible for release in four months‘ time, at which point he will be deported to the UK. The defence team said their client is autistic and suffers seizures and obsession-compulsion anxiety. Michael Sandford appeared in court in orange prison garb, looking pale and slight, his ankles shackled. He smiled as members of his family waved to him and mouthed: “I love you.” Sandford then broke down in tears as he apologised for what he had done and for taking up time and costing the taxpayer money. “I just feel terrible about it,” he said. The judge James Mahan appeared sympathetic, telling Sandford: “I don’t think you harboured malice in your heart.” His mother, Lynne Sandford, also addressed the judge, saying her son was “cherished and adored”.an has died while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, in the fourth tourist death at the Australian attraction in a month. The 75-year-old was pulled from the water on Tuesday at Moore Reef, about 45km (30 miles) from Cairns.

The woman, who had been snorkelling with a tour group, was given CPR but could not be revived.  Last month saw the deaths of two French tourists in their 70s and a 60-year-old British scuba diver. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said there were 10 deaths in total at the reef this year, double the marine tourism industry average. It quoted the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators as saying that most of the victims were elderly and had pre-existing medical conditions. A spokesman said Wednesday they were considering regulation tweaks following the latest incident involving the Japanese woman, such as making visitors over a certain age acknowledge the risks associated with snorkelling and diving. “While we are very proud of the fact we have the safest snorkelling in the world, we’ve got to sit down and have a really close look at all these events and see if there’s anything we can do,” Col McKenzie said. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions, composed of thousands of individual reefs and hundreds of islands along the Queensland coast.

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