Teacher dies on school ski trip in Austria after falling from a four-metre high wall and landing on his head on the way back from the pub

Pictured: British teacher who died on school ski trip in Austria after falling from 4m-high wall and landing on his head on way back from pub at 3am
Jonathan Taylor, 44, killed instantly after falling off a four-metre stone wallThe IT teacher landed on his head while walking home from a pub at 3am
He leaves a wife and had taught at the Nottinghamshire school for a year
Pupils, aged 14 and 15, will return today after cutting their trip cut short
They paid tribute on Twitter to the 'lovely' and 'highly respected' teacher

By
Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:05 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:49 GMT, 1 April 2013

First picture: IT teacher Jonathan Taylor died after falling off a 4m-high wall after a trip to the pub on a school skiing holiday

First picture: IT teacher Jonathan Taylor died after falling off a 4m-high wall after a trip to the pub on a school skiing holiday

A British teacher has died on a school ski trip after falling off a four-metre-high stone wall and landing on his head following a trip to a pub.

Jonathan Taylor, 44, an IT teacher at Christ
the King School in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, had been to a pub at
Matrei in the Austrian East Tyrol region when he fell from the roadside wall, Austrian police said.

He had been out with the tour group's bus driver and three others who
were supervising the group, and the five were travelling home at 3am on
Sunday morning when the 'freak' accident happened.

Mr Taylor, who only arrived the day before, landed on his head and was killed
instantly, according to emergency doctors who were called to the scene and attempted to resuscitate him.

A police spokesman said: 'He was the last in the group, they were
walking on a footpath above the road and for some reason he fell, rolled
over a bank and then plunged over the edge of the stone wall on which
the path ran.

'He fell four metres down from the path onto the road.'

The school's chair of the governors, David Wilson, confirmed Mr Taylor died at the
scene on Sunday morning.

He had been at the school for a
year.

He added that Mr Taylor leaves a wife, and said headteacher Carlo Cuomo has flown to Austria.

The group of 48 pupils, aged 14 to 15, are cutting short their week-long holiday in the Grossglockner resort and are expected to return to
Nottinghamshire today.

Tragedy: Mr Taylor died on the first day of a week-long trip at a resort in Grossglockner (pictured), Austria

Tragedy: Mr Taylor died on the first day of a week-long trip at a resort in Grossglockner (pictured), Austria

Tribute: Pupils at the Christ the King School, where Jonathan Taylor taught IT, described him as a 'lovely man'

Tribute: Pupils at the Christ the King School, where Jonathan Taylor taught IT, described him as a 'lovely man'

Ski trip: The school's website reveals the students will be returning from Austria on Monday

Ski trip: The school's website reveals the students will be returning from Austria on Monday

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed a British national had died in Austria and that 'school children were being looked after.

Pupils from the school paid tribute on Twitter, calling Mr Taylor 'a lovely man' and a 'highly respected teacher'.

Prosecutors in Innsbruck are investigating and have ordered an autopsy.

On the same day another tourist survived after falling off a 200-metre
high mountain side in Austria. She suffered broken bones, but her
condition is not critical.

Austria has seen a record late snowfall in recent days with many roads and paths covered in an unseasonably late snowfall.