British woman plunges 100ft to her death from mountain in front of husband

A British hiker has fallen 100ft to her death from a mountain in Italy where she was hiking with her husband.

The 56-year-old woman and her husband had been hiking on the Santner via Ferrata (iron path) in the Dolomites in northern Italy when she suddenly lost her balance.

The accident occurred shortly before 2pm local time, when they were around three-quarters of the way to the Santner refuge on the Catinaccio, in South Tyrol.

The via Ferrata is a mountainous path of fixed ropes, ladders and rungs as an aid to crossing otherwise tricky and steep rocky terrain.

Her body was tragically recovered by an emergency helicopter but the victim was not named in local reports.

This is not the first time someone has died while hiking along the treacherous hiking path and last week, a 55-year-old Italian tourist died when he lost his grip and plunged 40 metres to his death on the via Ferrata.

A week earlier, again on the Catinaccio, a young man lost his life falling from the Laurenzi via Ferrata.

This is the second British tragedy in Italy in a week. The family of a missing British dad are fearing the worst after he jumped into a lake to save his son.

Aran Chada vanished after leaping into Lake Garda in Italy to rescue his 14-year-old son who got into difficulty while swimming off a hired boat on Friday afternoon.

The 51-year-old from Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire managed to drag his teen son back to the vessel before his mum pulled him aboard.

But he then began to struggle for breath and slipped under the water.

It is thought he had suffered a seizure due to cold water shock with the water said to be 10 degrees cooler than the air temperature, but his whereabouts is still unknown.

The Foreign Office has been approached for a statement.