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Reef deaths prompt changes to safety rules for snorkellers

Tourists will be compelled to disclose health issues and "at-risk'' snorkellers made to wear colour-coded equipment as part of reforms aimed at cutting deaths on the Great Barrier Reef.

The State Government has launched a stronger recreational snorkelling code of practice for Queensland and will soon announce revised diving safety guidelines, The Sunday Mail reports.

It follows a horror run of 10 tourist deaths at the natural wonder in a six-month period last year.

The improvements are based on advice from tourism industry operators and work safety experts.

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