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Friday 18 April 2014

British tourist trampled to death by elephant

The man did not notice the elephant approaching, eyewitnesses have claimed

A British man has been trampled to death by an elephant in India, it has been reported.

There are conflicting reports about the moments leading up to the death of the man, Colin Manvell, who is thought to be 67.

He was killed after failing to hear guides and other tourists shout warnings to him as the elephant approached during a trek, it was reported.

Other accounts claimed the man was engrossed in his photography and did not hear two other elephants charge at him from behind.

The man, who has not been named, died at the Masinagudi National Park, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The Foreign Office confirmed the death, saying: We can confirm the tragic death of a British national, Colin Manvell on 19 September in Masinagudi, Nilgiris District.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

An inspector at Masinagudi police station told the Times of India that officers had not yet inspected the area where the man was killed.

He said: "We will be able to ascertain whether the place is a reserve forest area or social forestry area only after we inspect the spot where the unfortunate incident happened.

"We will inspect the place overnight and will register a case accordingly."

Local guides sought help from the nearby Sagadevan resort, where the man was staying after flying in from London.

He was treated at the local Masinagudi hospital before being transferred to Gudalur Government Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, The Times reported.

Telegraph.co.uk

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