Tourist plunges to his death at Gzira hotel

German tourist, 56, falls from the 5th floor of a hotel in Gzira, dies on the spot.

Photo: John Pisani
Photo: John Pisani
The autopsy will be carried out today. Photo: John Pisani
The autopsy will be carried out today. Photo: John Pisani
The lifeless body of Michael Wolk. Photo: John Pisani
The lifeless body of Michael Wolk. Photo: John Pisani
Wolk fell to his death from the Bayview Hotel. Photo: John Pisani
Wolk fell to his death from the Bayview Hotel. Photo: John Pisani
Police and court experts on the fatal scene. Photo: John Pisani
Police and court experts on the fatal scene. Photo: John Pisani

A 56-year-old German tourist fell to his death from the Bayview Hotel in Gzira last night. Michael Volk, 56, fell a height of five stories from the balcony of the hotel room he and his wife were booked in.

Although nothing is being ruled out at this stage, the case is so far being considered as a tragic accident.

Witnesses told MaltaToday they heard "a loud thump" and saw the body on the pavement, resting between a parked car and the sidewalk. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Sources said the incident happened at around 9:30pm and, at the time of the fall, his wife was having dinner with friends. The group had come together to Malta six days ago. The same sources said that, according to the wife, Wolk was not a heavy drinker and he was not on any medication.

The body of the German tourist was taken to the mortuary by the Police hearse. An autopsy will be performed today.

Members of the Rapid Intervention Unit and the district police were on the scene within minutes. The group was led by police sergeants Daniel Zammit and Ivan Caruana together with police constables David Xerri and Kevin Decelis.

Magistrate Charmaine Galea has ordered an inquiry and has appointed Martin Bajada and medical forensic expert Mario Scerri to assist her in the investigation.

Police Inspector Jason F. Sultana is leading the investigation.

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