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French woman in balcony fall had been seen dangling from railing (updated)

The Charles de Gaulle at the port of Limassol

A 19-year-old French woman fell to her death from the fifth floor of a Limassol hotel early on Monday.

The teenager, a crew member from a ship accompanying the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, was seen dangling from the railing of the balcony of her hotel room, hanging in the air, by a female colleague at 2.30am.

The colleague immediately called for help but by the time a security guard reached the room the young woman had fallen down and landed on the first floor of the building. She died instantly.

The French consul in Limassol and the commander of the aircraft carrier fleet were summoned to the scene. State pathologist Nicolas Charalambous was also present to determine the exact cause of death.

First investigations indicate she had consumed alcohol before returning to her hotel room, went out on the balcony and lost her balance.

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