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Featured Image: File photo of the Coronation Bridge at Sevoke off Siliguri, near where the US citizen slipped off a mountain cliff. 

By A Newsman

Siliguri, 10 September: AN American national has died after slipping off a mountain cliff near the Coronation Bridge at Sevoke, about 23 km from Siliguri town.

The incident took place on Wednesday and divers employed by the police fished out the American national’s lifeless body from the Teesta river at Sevoke on Thursday morning.

Darjeeling superintendent of police Amit P Javalgi said that deceased Ruben Lamar Fox (20) and his friend Ethan Phelps went on a rock climbing exercise at Ganeshjhora area at Sevoke on Wednesday.

“During this, Lamar slipped off a mountain cliff and fell into the Tessta river flowing below. He was missing since then,” Mr Javalgi said. The deceased youth was a resident of Pennsylvania in the United States of America and had been staying with his fellow-national Ethan who hails from Florida at Champasari area in Siliguri for the past near one year, he added.

Other sources said that Lamar and Ethan came to India on a tourist visa and were working at a non-governmental organisation (NGO) at Champasari.