Suicide leap from Acropolis

A young man fell to his death from the Acropolis hill in Athens shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday in what appeared to be suicide, police said. The man, who was not identified but who police said was aged between 25 and 30, appeared to take a running jump from the eastern side of the ancient citadel as tourists looked on in shock. According to police, suicide leaps from the 150-meter-high Acropolis are very rare but have occurred in the past. Police reported a similar incident late on Monday night when a woman jumped from the balcony of her room on the third floor of the Hellinis Hotel, which is situated on a road leading off central Syngrou Avenue. The woman, who was not identified, was transferred to the hospital where she was said to be in a stable condition yesterday. Police said they had ruled out foul play and that the incident was almost certainly an attempted suicide.