An army officer fell to his death on Tuesday during a military exercise in the mountains.
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According to local media, a 33-year-old army officer was killed in an accident on Tuesday morning up in the Troodos Mountains, where the National Guard was conducting training exercises designed for high altitudes.
The officer was using a rope to go down a deep cleft when it suddenly snapped
The incident took place in the Trooditissa area of the mountain range, where the officer fell from a height of approximately 50 meters according to information published in local media.
Reports said the officer was using a rope to go down a deep cleft where young commandos would later attempt to climb the gorge. Media sources said he fell to the ground after the rope suddenly snapped.
The officer was airlifted to the Emergency Room at Nicosia General Hospital, where doctors on duty pronounced him dead on arrival.
Defense Ministry officials did not provide any details about the incident but the National Guard’s General Staff said an internal probe has been launched to determine the cause of the accident.
Police have also launched a death inquiry.
Local media said the officer was married and he had two young children.