US youth killed during trekking in Darjeeling, body fished out

Siliguri (West Bengal), Sep 10 (IANS) The body of a 22-year-old US citizen, who went missing while trekking on Wednesday, was fished out from a spring in Sevok area of West Bengal’s Darjeeling district here on Thursday, police said.

According to police, Pennsylvania resident Rubel Lamar Fox along with his friend Ethan Phelps had gone for trekking on a hill in Mongpong under Kalimpong sub-division, when he slipped and fell down on Wednesday.

“Both Fox and Phelps (19) were associated with an NGO and were regular into adventure sports. According to Phelps, while trekking a cliff near the Coronation Bridge, Fox slipped and fell into the spring and was washed away,” Darjeeling Superintendent of Police Amit Javalgi said.

While fire brigade and police personnel carried on a search operation, Fox’s body could be recovered only on Thursday morning from near a waterfall.

According to police, Fox and Phelps did not have necessary equipment for trekking.

An autopsy was performed on Thursday and the American Consulate in Kolkata was informed about the incident.

His family members too have been informed and arrangements were being made to send the body back to Pennsylvania, said the officer.

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