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Simon Gauthier: Body of a French tourist found in an Italian gully



  Frenchman Simon Gauthier, 27, who disappeared in southern Italy on August 9, 2019. Copyright
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Simon Gauthier was on a coastal walk, leaving to Naples when he disappeared

The body of a French tourist who disappeared in Italy after an emergency call 1

0 days ago was found in a ravine near Naples.

27-year-old Simon Gautier asks for help on August 9, saying he fell on a rock and broke both legs while walking in Salerno in southwestern Italy.

"Help me, I see the sea, but I don't know where I am," he told authorities.

Mr. Gattier was found Sunday after rescuers used binoculars to shake the area and find his backpack.

His family criticized local authorities for saying that it took them too long to organize search and rescue efforts.

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Alpine rescuers create a plan to restore Mr Gottier's body from dere in Italy

It is not clear why Mr Gautier's mobile phone could not be located using a GPS tracking system.

Blood Traces Near a Pedestrian Trail

Mr. Gotier was walking alone near the coast in Belvedere di Chiolandrea, in the municipality of San Giovanni a Piro, and was heading to the southern Italian city of Naples when he disappeared.

In a call to the emergency services on Friday morning, August 9, Mr. Gattier said he had broken his legs after falling into a ravine "in the middle of nowhere", adding that he was "dying of pain".

Then his family and friends tried desperately to contact him, but were unsuccessful, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica (in Italian).

The efforts to locate Mr. Gauthier were hampered by the dangerous terrain in the area – firefighters, sniper dogs, drones and helicopters were used to search the area of ​​the cliff by the sea.

Days later, a member of an alpine rescue team assisting with the search spotted Mr. Gautier's backpack near the ravine.

A team sent to the site then found small traces of blood on rocks near a pedestrian walkway. His body, which was later discovered at the bottom of the ravine, was recovered by teams on Monday.


Our lucky escape from the edge of the cliff in Italy

By Katie Razal, UK editor, BBC Newsnight

Two days before Simon Gauthier made his emergency call this month, my family and I, along with friends, also lost our way to a treacherous stretch of mountain above the sea near San Giovanni.

As regular visitors to southern Italy, we spent many hours hiking in the area. But this year, we were told of a new path – part of a larger network of trails we learned was opened by Italian authorities – that connect the San Giovanni hill village to the seashore.

What was supposed to be an easy walk down to a restaurant in time for dinner, however, turned into a dangerous wait in the darkness after being disoriented by bad instruction.

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The slope and rock near the village of Skario, where Mr. Gottier fell and later died

The trail, often steep and twisted, was difficult to follow, with numerous loose stones along the way. It was a bad decision, especially with two children in the group and only a few bottles of water.

When daylight began to fade, we lost our way and had to use our telephone torches to find it as we fought through dense forest on rough terrain. Then we decided to stop and ask for help.

We shared a pin at our location with friends who contacted the local Protezione Civile (Civil Defense Agency) and the team who looked for us.

From where we sat in the dark and waited on the hill, we could see the lights of the nearby village of Skario – we could hear people talking and a band playing. It was only after we were saved that we realized that we had actually landed on the edge of a rock.


On Sunday, a vigil for Mr. Gautier was held in front of a church in the nearby village of Scario.

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A Mass is held in front of the Church of the Immaculate in Scario

Mr. Gauthier moved to the Italian capital Rome two years ago and wrote a dissertation on the history of art.

His family called for an investigation to determine the cause of his death and whether it could be prevented.


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