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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Irish teacher (23) dies after falling from balcony in Italy

Published 24/06/2014 | 06:39

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Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy

A Dublin-born language teacher has fallen to his death from an apartment balcony in Naples in Italy.

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Charlie Henry, from Sandycove, fell 90ft on Sunday after trying to hold on to the balcony railing.

He died later in hospital from the catastrophic injuries he received.

The 23-year-old is the son of Richard Henry, an insurance businessman, and Harriet.

He is said to have lost his balance and fallen through a window onto the balcony, and then to the ground.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning and Mr Henry was treated at the scene by paramedics after being alerted by passers-by.

Doctors at Loreto Mare hospital declared him dead just before 4am on Sunday morning.

While Mr Henry’s death is not being treated as suspicious it is being investigated by officials and the Department of Foreign Affairs was liaising with his family.

Charlie Henry lived on the fourth floor of the apartment in the Montecalvario district of Naples.

It is an area popular with students and young people and is near the city’s universities, bars and restaurants.

He was working as an English teacher at a private school in the Vomero district and had been living in Italy for a few years.

Police are investigating how Charlie fell through the window. There were no witnesses to the incident.

Before he left for Italy Charlie worked with the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire each summer, bringing yacht owners from the clubhouse to their boats on the marina.

His father Richard made his name in insurance, specialising in marine cover.

A member of the club confirmed that Charlie had worked there for three seasons.

“He was a great guy, we are all gutted,” he told the Herald.

Neighbours in scenic Sandycove reacted with shock and sadness on hearing the news of Charlie’s death.

“His family are all lovely people,” one woman said.

“They are a quiet family and this is devastating for them,” she added.

Irish Independent

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