Man falls from Mascarat viaduct in Altea, Costa Blanca

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MASCARAT RAVINE: Steep and deadly. Photo credit: Marnal


A 41-YEAR-OLD Spanish man died in the Costa Blanca after plummeting from the Mascarat (Altea) tram bridge last Saturday.
The bridge is currently being equipped with new safety measures and the employee slipped while taking photographs for the web page belonging to the company carrying out the installation. Sources from the regional rail operator FGV and the Alicante province Fire Brigade Consortium, who transferred the body by helicopter to Calpe, confirmed that the man had died in a work-related accident.
The railway bridge, which was built in 1915, is more than 45 metres above the ground, but the employee fell 25 metres into a ravine between 50 and 60 metres deep, the Guardia Civil announced. Public-sector company FGV explained that it routinely carries out maintenance over the weekend to disrupt travel as little as possible but did not reveal if work would resume next weekend.

 

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