British woman dies after falling 100ft from mountain in Dolomites

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File photo: A rescue helicopter flies over the glacier that collapsed (AFP via Getty Images)
File photo: A rescue helicopter flies over the glacier that collapsed (AFP via Getty Images)

A British hiker has been killed after falling 100ft to her death from a mountain in Italy while out walking with her husband.

The unnamed 56-year-old woman had been walking on the Rosengarten massif in the Dolomites when she plunged aeound 100ft down the mountainside, it has been reported.

Her body was recovered by a mountain team, supported by a helicopter. Further details about the attempted rescue have not been released.

The Dolomites are a group of mountains in northeastern Italy, peaking at 3,343m on the Marmolada summit. They border the French Alps and straddle various national parks.

The region is popular for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, while mountain roads are a frequent passage for the annual Giro d'Italia cycling race in May.

The Rosengarten pass, where the hiker fell, has a peak of 9,780ft.

Her death comes just weeks after British tourist Gerard Christopher Turner was reported missing after going walking in the region. A search team found his body at the bottom of a cliff in an inaccessible area.

Earlier this month, at least nine people died and eight more were injured when a chunk of a glacier fell on a group of hikers in the region. It was said the size of the glacier’s detached pinnacle was comparable to an apartment building.

The Foreign Office has been approached for comment.