A runner has been fined for breaking Covid rules after reporting the death of his friend while the two were running in the Italian Alps.
Simone Massetti, 34, fell 200m (650ft) from a ridge on Mt Palino while out running with his friend, Paolo Pedroli. Rescue services recovered Massetti’s body and airlifted Pedroli, 32, to safety.
Pedroli has been fined the €400 (£360) by local authorities for breaking Covid-19 restrictions. Italy’s northern Lombardy region is currently categorised as a ‘red zone’, meaning people are banned from travelling between areas. The two runners had travelled six miles north of their home, in the province of Sondrio, to run on the mountain. Under the rules for red zones, you can run, walk or cycle, but must stay near your home.
According to local reports, the Carabinieri military police determined the two men had stayed too far. It has also been reported that the fine would be more than €500 (£450) because the men had travelled outside their community by car.
Massetti's funeral was held on Tuesday.
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