Female British hiker falls 100ft to her death on Italian mountain while hiking with her husband

A female British hiker has died after plunging nearly 100 feet from a mountain in Italy where she was hiking with her husband.

The 56-year-old woman and her husband had been hiking in the Rosengarten massif in the Dolomites in northern Italy when she suddenly lost her balance.

Local reports say she fell from a height of 98 feet.

The 56-year-old woman and her husband had been hiking in the Rosengarten massif in the Dolomites in northern Italy when she suddenly lost her balance. Pictured: Santner via ferrata, Catinaccio in South Tyrol in Italy

Her body was retrieved by a mountain rescue team and flown away by helicopter.  Pictured: Santner via ferrata, Catinaccio in South Tyrol in Italy

Her body was retrieved by a mountain rescue team and flown away by helicopter. Pictured: Santner via ferrata, Catinaccio in South Tyrol in Italy

The couple had been heading towards the Fronza Alle Coronelle refuge along path 542 (Via Ferrata Santner) on July 24.

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Her body was retrieved by a mountain rescue team and flown away by helicopter.

It is reported to be the second fatal accident in a few days on the same path, which is equipped with fixed rope, steps and rungs to help walkers.

The victim was not named in local reports.

It comes just three weeks after the body of another 56-year-old British tourist was found at the bottom of a cliff in Italy after he went missing for two days.

Gerard Christopher Turner was with his family in Lezzono, Lake Como, near the Alps in northern Italy when he decided to go for a walk in the mountains behind the village where he and his family were staying.

He left at approximately 2:30pm on June 30, going alone and leaving his family in the hotel.

Turner made a call to his wife a couple of hours later, warning her that he was going to be late, according to Il Giorno.

But that was the last time she would ever hear from him, as hours went by without the tourist returning.

File photo: The body of a 56-year-old Gerard Christopher Turner was discovered after he went for a walk alone in the north Italian mountains

File photo: The body of a 56-year-old Gerard Christopher Turner was discovered after he went for a walk alone in the north Italian mountains

A search party of over 50 men searched the mountains, including volunteers and technicians of the XIX Delegation of the Alpine Rescue, firefighters, Civil Protection and Carabinieri.

They were searching in the area of ​​Carvagnana, between Nesso and Pognana Lario, where the man’s mobile phone had last been reachable. The fire brigade also brought in canine units from Piedmont to help with the search.

Eventually, Italian police called in a helicopter to use a thermoscanner to try to locate Turner, without any luck.

It was only when the fire brigade deployed drones around the area that they located Turney’s body at the bottom of a cliff in an inaccessible area.

And just three days ago a ‘hero’ British sales executive who dived into Lake Garda to save his son is feared to have died.

Sales director Aran Chada, 51, was with his partner Holly Mosley, 39, and their two children - a 14-year old boy and a girl aged seven - on a boat trip to northern Italy

Sales director Aran Chada, 51, was with his partner Holly Mosley, 39, and their two children – a 14-year old boy and a girl aged seven – on a boat trip to northern Italy

Aran Chada, 51, his partner Holly Mosley, 39, and their two children – son Roman, 14, and daughter Floren, seven – had rented a boat on the lake in northern Italy when tragedy struck.

Mr Chada dived in when he saw Roman struggling while swimming. He managed to push the boy back to the boat but then disappeared under the water. Searches were continuing last night, with the diving unit of the Coast Guard of Genoa expected to join efforts today.

Rescuers said Mr Chada may have suffered a seizure in the cold water. Temperatures at the time of the incident on Friday afternoon were around 38C (100F) but the water was considerably colder.

Limone sul Garda, a picturesque lakeside town in northern Italy, was the scene of the accident

Limone sul Garda, a picturesque lakeside town in northern Italy, was the scene of the accident

The family were about 200 yards from the shore near the town of Limone when Mr Chada disappeared.

Miss Mosley called emergency services when her husband did not resurface. Witnesses also called for help after hearing her screams. Three coastguard boats as well as helicopters from the local firefighting and ambulance services were dispatched to the scene.

Divers and a robot submarine were also sent to the lake, which is 650ft deep in some places.

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