Partially deaf tourist trampled to death by elephant while taking photos in India

Updated: 

Partially deaf tourist trampled to death by elephant while taking photos in India


A partially deaf British tourist has been killed by a wild elephant while on holiday in India.

Retired geography teacher Colin Manvell, 68, of Havant in Hampshire, was on safari in Tamil Nadu in the south of India when the incident took place.

According to reports, Mr Manvell died after being knocked to the ground and trampled by the animal.

The keen birdwatcher had apparently visited the same area of forest in February and September every year for the past five years.

Police told the BBC that Mr Manvell was with two guides and had illegally entered a sectioned-off area.

The elephant charged the men and hit Manvell on the head with its trunk.

Police added that the guides, who managed to escape the elephant, would be arrested.

According to the Daily Mirror, the 68-year-old was taking wildlife photos at the time and did not notice the animal until it was too late.

Family and friends paid tribute to him.

Colin's nephew Roger Manvell, 47, said "he was such a giving man".

Related articles

Elephant escapes from circus and kills pensioner

Tourists' car flipped over by elephant on safari