Italian tourist dies in fall from Charles Bridge

A 45-year-old Italian national was killed on Friday afternoon when he accidentally fell from Prague’s historic Charles Bridge. According to a police spokesman, the tourist lost his balance while trying to take a picture of one of the bridge’s many statues. The tragedy took place at around four-thirty pm at Na Kampě street in the Malá Strana quarter: the man died on the spot.

In 2003, another Italian just 19-years-old died at the bridge when – apparently under the influence of alcohol – he fell and drowned. In 2005, a visitor from Slovakia leapt from the bridge and was killed when he hit only shallow water below.

Author: Jan Velinger