Tragic tourist, 73, plummets to his death after losing balance on clifftop

A 73-year-old tourist has died after he tragically fell during a hike in the Bavarian Alps.

The elderly man, whose name was not released by police, tragically fell 361ft during a long hike on Jenner Mountain in Bavaria at around 2.30pm on July 3.

The mountain stands at a whopping 6,148ft tall and holds many popular trails for hiking enthusiasts.

The man who died had recently joined a tour on the mountain, arriving by train before the rest of the group arrived at the peak following a long climb, Newsweek reports.

He reportedly lost his balance on the rocky terrain and fell backwards, Berchtesgaden District Police said.

The American tourist suffered devastating injuries that proved fatal and there was no opportunity to save him, police said.

A passing man who saw the accident reportedly climbed down the challenging rock face to administer first aid.

But when he realised it was too late to rescue the victim he made an emergency call to the Berchtesgaden Mountain Rescue service.

As well as the rescue service, a medical team arrived by helicopter and pronounced the man dead.

It is not yet known if the man had relatives on the hiking trip with him.

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Rescue workers remained at the scene to provide psychological support to the group of hikers who learnt of the man's death when they reached the peak.

An 84-year-old hiker also fell to his death on the Bavarian Alps in 2018, he is thought to have fallen about 328 feet.

Jenner Mountain is also the site of an Alpine ski resort which makes it an incredibly popular destination for ski mountaineers.

Elsewhere, a popular university professor plunged 150ft to his death while hiking with his son.

Miami University academic David Shrider, 52, died while climbing the Donoho Peak in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

He was walking with his son and four other family members and friends when he reportedly asked for help shortly before his deadly fall.

Officials say he was dead when a member of the group found him following the tragedy on Friday, before his body was recovered the following day by helicopter.

Staff at Miami University in Ohio hailed Shrider a "valuable colleague and friend" following his death.

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