Brit killed by Indian elephant

A British man has been trampled to death by an elephant in India. Retired teacher Colin Manvell, 67, died at the Masinagudi National Park, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Report: Briton killed by elephant had hearing problems

A British man, trampled to death by an elephant in India, is reported to have had hearing issues, according to The Times (£).

Colin Manvell, 68, a wildlife photographer, was killed while trying to take a picture of a pied kingfisher in the Masinagudi forest of Tamil Nadu, according to his guide and driver.

Michael Isaacs, who was on the same committee board as Mr Manvell at a tennis association in Portsmouth said:

I remember him asking people to speak up or direct their conversation towards one side because he had a problem with his hearing in one ear.

You had to make it clear you were speaking to him in committee meetings. Given the problem with his hearing, it is no surprise that he failed to hear an elephant approaching from behind.

Tributes paid to retired teacher killed by Indian elephant

Tributes have been paid to retired teacher Colin Manvell who died after being trampled to death by an elephant in India.

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Retired teacher Colin Manvell, 67, was trampled by an Indian elephant. Credit: INS News Agency

Mr Manvell joined Warblington School in 1988 and it is believed that he retired in 1998.

Headteacher Julia Vincent said: "We were saddened to hear of this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family at this sad time."

The 67-year-old is understood to have also worked at the Avenue Tennis and Squash Club in the town.

Paula Fuge, personnel manager for Portsmouth Tennis Academy, who has been involved with Mr Manvell in the local tennis scene for more than 20 years, said: "I didn't believe it when I heard what had happened, you never expect that to happen."

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Tributes to 'retired teacher' killed in India

Tributes are being paid to Colin Manvell, the 67-year-old British tourist killed by an elephant whilst on holiday in southern India.

Mr Manvell is understood to have been a retired geography teachers at Warblington School in Havant. He also worked at the Avenue Tennis and Squash Club in the town.

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Paula Fuge, personnel manager for Portsmouth Tennis Academy, who has been involved with Mr Manvell in the local tennis scene for more than 20 years, said:

He was a lovely guy. He has always been a part of the tennis scene, he's really nice, he was always there for the kids.

I didn't believe it when I heard what had happened, you never expect that to happen.

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Brit 'trampled to death by elephant' named

The British tourist trampled to death by a wild elephant in a wildlife park in southern India has been named as 67-year-old Colin Manvell. The Foreign Office said:

"We can confirm the tragic death of a British national, Colin Manvell on 19 September in Masinagudi, Nilgiris District. We are providing consular assistance to his family at this sad time.

Elephants 'kill over 100 people in India each year'

Elephants kill over 100 people a year in India, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Elephants in India kill over 100 people per year at a conservative estimate, according to the WWF.

Latest estimates put India’s elephant population at 21,000 - the largest in Asia. About half of these are found in northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.

Conservation charities estimate that the majority of people killed each year by elephants are killed in India.

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'Trampled Brit' treated at 'two hospitals'

Local guides travelling with the British man who was reportedly trampled to death in Tamil Nadu, India, attempted to get help from the nearby resort the man was staying at.

The man, reported to be 67-years-old, was ferried to the local Masinagudi hospital before being transferred to Gudalur Government Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, The Times of India reported.

Witnesses 'say Brit did not hear elephant warning'

There have been conflicting reports about the moments leading to the death of the British man killed inside a national wildlife park in Tamil Nadu, India.

Witnesses are reported to have said he failed to hear tourists warning him of the approaching elephants, whilst other accounts claimed he was engrossed in his photography and did not hear two elephants charge at him from behind.

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An inspector at the local police station told the Times of India that officers have not yet inspected the area where the man was killed.

We will be able to ascertain whether the place is a reserve forest area or social forestry area only after we inspect the spot where the unfortunate incident happened.

We will inspect the place overnight and will register a case accordingly.

British man 'trampled to death by elephant in India'

A British man has been trampled to death by an elephant in India, according to local reports.

The man, who has not been named, died at the Masinagudi National Park, in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The Foreign Office confirmed the death, saying:

We are aware of the tragic death of a British national in southern India and we are providing consular assistance at this difficult time.