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Friday, August 17, 2012

Richard Knox plunged 130ft to his death after falling backwards of a cliff-top ledge while on Holiday in Italy

A drunken British holidaymaker fell 130ft to his death after he fell backwards off the top of a cliff-edge on the way back to his hostel, an inquest heard today.

Richard Knox had enjoyed a night out with friends on holiday in Sorrento, Italy, when he tragically tumbled down steep cliffs near the picturesque resort.

Mr Knox, 27, was with friends on their way back to a youth hostel when he fell over the ledge and down the Vallone dei Mulini, or Valley of the Mills.

Friends quickly raised the alarm with a local taxi driver before the emergency services including mountain rescue were called to the scene.

Rescuers could make out Mr Knox lying at the bottom of the gorge but because of the inaccessible route down to him and the darkness it took three hours to pull him back up to the road.

Mr Knox was conscious as he was winched up the cliff and was rushed to hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery on the investment manager.

However, he died just a few hours later, with a post mortem examination revealing that his death had been caused by his multiple injuries. Read More