Tragedy in Italian Alps as British boy, 15, dies in waterfall plunge

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A BRITISH teenager died in a tragic accident in the Italian Alps yesterday.

The unnamed 15-year-old was taking part in the extreme sport of canyoning – jumping across rocks – when he fell, plunging into a waterfall.

The tragedy happened at around 4pm, only hours after he arrived with a tour group in Lillaz, near Cogne, on the border with France.

Dante Bibois, a local guide and the head of mountain rescue in Cogne, said the boy was wearing a safety helmet but lost consciousness immediately after diving into the water.

Other members of the group reportedly dragged his body out of the water and tried to resuscitate him before doctors arrived by air ambulance.

Medics also fought to save the boy for two hours before declaring him dead.

A mountain rescue spokesman said: “He was in a group with a number of other British children and adults.

“I’m not sure if it was a school party or some other organised trip. He was wearing a helmet and suit and appears to have got into some sort of difficulty while jumping between the waterfall.

“The initial theory is that he smashed into some sort of obstruction.

“Paramedics were quickly on the scene but there was nothing they could do. He was declared dead at the scene.”

The teenager’s body was taken to the morgue in Courmayeur.

Italian police are believed to have interviewed tour leaders about the tragedy.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are aware of an incident involving a British national in Italy and stand ready to provide assistance.”

 

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