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UK Couple Dies in Morocco Falls

Essaouira, MoroccoAn investigation has been launched into how a British husband and wife died in separate falls, days from each other, while on holiday with their four sons in Morocco. The four children of the couple – aged from nine to 16 – have been taken back to the UK and are under relatives’ care.

It’s believed that Mathilde Lamb fell from the window of the apartment building the family was staying in at Essaouira, a coastal city known for its laid-back style and windsurfing. The incident is said to have happened on Wednesday, August 17. Doctors were unable to save her at the hospital. Four days later, Roger, her husband, was fatally injured after falling at, what’s believed to be, a seafront building that he checked into. It’s unclear if he fell from a balcony or down an inside flight of stairs.

Mrs Lamb, 44, ran a bed and breakfast at their Worcestershire home, and Mr Lamb, 47, was a civil engineer who was working in New Zealand. The family has released a statement saying that they are shocked and sadden by this tragedy. Their first concern is giving the couple’s four sons love and support, as they have suffered the loss of both their mother and father so close together. Roger’s brother, Mark Rogerson, says the circumstances about the double tragedy are unclear, but the boys are being well cared for.

The two eldest boys – 14-year-old Monty and 16-year-old Angus – go to the same high school in Evesham that Prince Henry attended. Headteacher Bernard Roberts says everybody in the community has been upset by this tragedy. He’s pleased to say that he knows the kids are getting all the attention, care, love and support they need and deserve during this very hard time.

Friends of the family say Roger and Mathilde were childhood sweethearts, living in a farmhouse close to Pershore. St Michael’s Reverend Terry Henderson says they were very involved in local life. They were very supportive people and will be missed a lot. The Reverend has already held a church service in their honour, for which he says many people attended to pay their respects. Their prayers are with the children. Reverend Henderson added that it still isn’t clear exactly what happened. There is a lot of speculation.

A West Mercia police spokesman says they are aware of the incident. Authorities from south Worcestershire made some initial inquiries, but the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FC) and coroner for Wiltshire have the matter in their hands now. The FCO hasn’t commented on the circumstances surrounding the deaths, but it’s offering consular assistance to relatives. Police say Mathilde’s body is set to be taken to Wiltshire, while it’s not known right now where Roger’s will be taken.

 

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