A picturesque French castle off the coast of Normandy, loved by tourists, has become the site of a tragic accident after a couple having sex on the battlements plunged 12 metres into the moat.
The couple, said to be from France and aged in their early thirties, appear to have plummeted to their doom from the castle walls at Vauban Fort on the island of Grand Île in the English Channel’s Chausey archipelago.
Media reports in Britain and France say the naked bodies of a man and woman, “both born in 1984”, were found in the moat while their belongings had been placed in the castle immediately above.
Britain’s Independent newspaper reported that the man was found in a dried-out part of the moat while the body of a woman was found nearby immersed in shallow water. Drowning and/or concussion are likely causes of death.
Le Figaro newspaper in France quoted local police speculating that the couple were most likely engaging in “lovemaking that could have gone wrong”.
Chausey is massively popular with tourists. Grand Île, the only inhabited island of the group, has a permanent human population of just 30 or so. In summer, however, the population swells impressively as nearly 200,000 annual visitors arrive.
August is the main holiday month in France, high summer and a time when many people choose to enjoy outdoor activities.
Vauban Fort was built in 1859 on the orders of Napoleon III.
Written by Peter Needham