Briton jumps to death from Moscow bridge

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 15:10 hrs

London, Jan 31 (IANS) A British man on a visit to Russia allegedly jumped to his death from a bridge in Moscow after he lost his passport and possibly money and had nowhere to stay, a media report said Thursday.

The man was found dead on the ice beneath the Novoarbatskiy Bridge Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported.

Witnesses said the man leaned over the hand-rail and fell. He suffered multiple fractures and died instantly.

The man is believed to have hit a slab of concrete encased in ice close to the semi-frozen waters of the Moscow river. The temperature was around minus 4 degrees Celsius.

Police said the man had earlier reported that he had lost his passport and other documents, and was taken for assistance to the British embassy.

Footage on Russia's Life News website suggested the death was suicide.

"This man came to the police because he had lost his documents. He was taken to the British embassy," a police official said.

He said a witness called police after he saw a man walking on the edge of the bridge, climbing the railing and jumping down.

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