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Man killed in 15ft fall at castle
Warwick Castle
A castle spokeswoman said an investigation was under way
A 72-year-old visitor has died after falling 15ft (4.5m) from a bridge into undergrowth at a castle.

Emergency crews were called to Warwick Castle on Sunday afternoon following reports the man, thought to be from Coventry, had fallen.

People attempted to resuscitate the man, who was believed to have suffered a heart attack. He was taken to hospital, but later died.

A spokeswoman for Warwick Castle said an investigation was under way.

She said it appeared the man had suffered a heart attack and fell into an area of undergrowth below the bridge.

The spokeswoman said that the health and safety of guests was the castle's "primary concern".

Investigation launched

She added: "An immediate investigation has been launched into the incident and access to the area has been closed off.

"In accordance with our health and safety procedures the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

"The management and staff of Warwick Castle would like to express their condolences to the family at this time."

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Unfortunately, despite all of the efforts it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.

"We would like to pass on our thanks to the public, St John staff and the firefighters who assisted at the scene.

"The early intervention gave the man the best possible chance of survival."

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