Man dies in fall as he tries to take picture on alpine summit


Berlin — A man was killed after falling from a peak in the Austrian Alps as he was trying to photograph his companion with whom he reached the summit, police said on Tuesday.

A 77-year-old German and his partner, a 63-year-old Spanish woman, climbed to the Gritspitze – a peak about 2,870 meters (9,400 feet) above sea level on the Austrian-Swiss border – on Sunday, police in the Tyrol province said.

He said in a statement that the man took a picture of the woman next to the cross marking the summit, then stepped back to take a picture from the front. After apparently failing to notice that he was already close to shore, he lost his balance and fell down a nearly 60-metre (197-foot) cliff, sustaining fatal injuries.

A witness on the summit at the time alerted the rescue services. The body of the youth was recovered from the police helicopter.


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