A British man has died after a mobility scooter fell into a ravine in Benidorm


A British woman has died after the mobility scooter she was riding plunged into a steep ravine in the Spanish resort of Benidorm.

The tragedy is believed to have happened around 4:15pm on Wednesday in the Serra Gelada Natural Park in Alicante province.

Local news reports said the 58-year-old woman was riding a rented electric scooter through the mountainous beauty spot when she fell down a steep slope.

Full details have yet to be confirmed, but the woman is said to have traveled to the Hilltop Cross Monument in the Sierra Gelada – a well-known landmark offering views of the sea and the surrounding area.

Other family members were reportedly present at the incident.

Spanish television station Telecinco reported that another man, who was said to be traveling with the woman in a similar vehicle, was injured while trying to help her.

Popular resort Benidorm, on the east coast of Spain

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Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene, but were unable to save the woman.

Police are said to be investigating the incident and whether the scooter meets safety regulations.

The vehicle is believed to have been a motorized scooter. Spanish authorities have been contacted for more information.

Benidorm – on Spain’s Costa Blanca – is hugely popular with British tourists, and scooter travel is favored by holidaymakers with reduced mobility. More than 10 rental companies in the resort offer visitors the opportunity to rent vehicles.

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