British tourist died after falling from 30 feet high temple wall while taking selfie
A BRITISH tourist has died after falling from a 30-foot-high wall while trying to take a selfie at an ancient temple in central India.
Roger Stotesbury, 58, was with his wife Hilary when he tragically slipped from the edge of the wall trying to take a picture.
The couple had been on a year-long world tour and India was their final stop before they returned home next month.
They were visiting the famous Laxmi Narayan Temple at around 4.30 pm on Friday when police claim Roger went to take a selfie from on the second floor.
The father of two was standing on the edge of a 3ft wall and angling at the camera just when his foot slipped and he plunged onto the stone floor.
Hillary was only feet away and rushed to his aid with officials from the temple.
He was then taken to Raja Ram Hospital but died later after it is believed he broke his back in the fall.
Prateek Kumar, the senior police officer said: “We understand he was trying to take a picture of himself on the wall which is only around 3 feet wide.
“His wife Hilary was standing just 3-4 feet away from him when the incident happened.
“They were alone. They did not have a guide.
“Team of doctors will conduct autopsy but initial examination tells that he died of cardiorespiratory arrest and had suffered injuries in spinal cord.”
The couple, from Buckingham, Bucks, had started on their travels last November and detailed their trip in a blog entitled ‘Our Middle Aged Gap Year’.
On the blog, they wrote: “We are Hilary and Roger a married couple from England / Scotland who are in their mid fifties. Hilary’s motto is “just do it” whilst Roger’s is “to die young as late as possible”.
We took the view that on your deathbed you never wish you’d spent more time in the office.
“We’ve seen our two kids off into the wider world and we have no more caring responsibilities for our parents.
“So we thought now is the time to take a gap year and travel whilst we still have the health and energy. After all, you only live once.”
It shows them pictured across Europe, America and finally Asia and highlights include cycling in the Atacama desert, trekking in the Amazon and visiting Graceland.
The couple had landed in New Delhi on October 9th and checked into Shish Mahal Hotel in Orchha, a popular tourist destination three days later.
Roger, a documentary filmmaker, posted on Tuesday: “Potentially our toughest travelling will be the gap year finale. Our 22nd country is a travellers’ enigma.
“India is the stuff of dreams, colour, smells, extremes, contradictions and sacred cows.”
On Thursday he wrote about their trip to the Taj Mahal and posted: “It seemed to be the perfect place to celebrate Hilary’s birthday.’
Officials from the British High Commission are expected to arrive later today to assist Hilary, 59, with the return of the body
Inspector Azad said: “This is a very hard time for his wife. She is in shock so we are not asking her several questions. We are providing all our support to her.”
A Foreign Office spokesman added: “We are providing assistance to the family of a British man following his tragic death in India on 13 October. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.”