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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 06:25 GMT 07:25 UK
Tributes to nurse
Pauline Stratton was a volunteer nurse
Nurse Pauline Stratton was on safari when she died

Colleagues of a nurse from Cumbria trampled to death by an elephant on a working holiday in Africa say they are devastated.

Pauline Stratton, 54, from Carlisle, had been working in Malawi.

The nurse was on a day-long safari break when the accident happened on Friday, 2 May.

Colleagues at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, where she was an orthopaedic nurse, have been paying tribute to her dedication and ability.

Head of nursing in North Cumbria, Pauline Lowes, said everyone's thoughts were with the family.

She said: "Clearly our thoughts and prayers go out to Pauline's husband Chris and the family - very difficult times for them.

Elephant charge

"I think we would be looking to acknowledge Pauline's contribution in some way.

"But it's very early days. At the moment we are just supporting the staff who are very shocked."

Mrs Stratton was doing voluntary nurse training work in the south-east African nation.

It is believed she was with a group of rangers walking on foot through the national park when the herd of elephants charged at them.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm that a British national was killed during an elephant stampede at Liwondi National Park in Malawi on 2 May.

"Our consular staff are aware of the situation and stand ready to offer any assistance. Our sympathy is with the family at this time."

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