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  • 24 March 2014, 22:33

Man Trampled By Elephant In Freak Accident

A retired geography teacher who was trampled by an elephant while taking wildlife photos in India died doing what he loved, an inquest has heard.

Colin Manvell, 67, was in the Masinagudi National Park in Tamil Nadu last year when the "one in a million" accident happened.

Coroner David Horsley said: "We do not know any more than an elephant must have come out of the undergrowth making trumpeting sounds and he was in its way.

"He has been out on holiday photographing wildlife ? in an area where there are wild animals and unfortunately he has been in the way of a stampeding elephant.

"He was clearly out in India doing what he loved. It was maybe the way he would have wanted to go."

The inquest at Portsmouth heard that Mr Manvell, from Hampshire, was visiting friends in India with a view to going on safari in the hope of seeing a tiger.

His nephew Roger Manvell said: "He's very keen on his photography, particularly birds and flowers.

"He was always on the pretence of looking for a tiger, always intent on tracking or seeing a tiger in the wild but every time he came back he was a bit closer to seeing one but he never got to see a tiger."

Speaking after the inquest, Mr Manvell said "We have known our uncle Colin all our lives and we have always known him as a traveller who gave his time generously to his school and tennis clubs and all his other friends and family.

"We still have his photographs from his travels which we will hold very dear to us. It was quite unbelievable when it happened at the time, it's a one-in-a-million."

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.