Three die in French Polynesia diving accident

5:08 am on 24 April 2017
A diver at Poor Knights Island marine reserve.

Diving accident claims three lives in cave of Ahe atoll Photo: SUPPLIED / Danica Stent, DOC

Three divers have died in French Polynesia in an underwater cave at about 60 metres' depth.

The accident happened on Ahe atoll in the Tuamotus, killing a highly experienced diving instructor Gilles Demee.

He was accompanied by two Tahiti-based Russian academics, Alexey Zykin and Tatiana Makarova.

The circumstances of the accident are not clear and an investigation has been launched.

Reports say the three bodies have been located but are yet to be recovered.