Death an accident: pub crawl organiser

A young Queensland tourist found dead in a river in Rome had been partying with an organised pub crawl group before he died.

The man's body, which had a severe head wound, was found in the Tiber River, ABC Radio reported this morning. He had apparently fallen from a bridge.

There are two main conditions we require from our customers when they join us speak a bit of English and like drinking.

A spokesman for The Best of Rome Spanish Steps Pub Crawl this morning confirmed the 20-year-old man was one of its customers on Tuesday night.

"Unfortunately he was at our party last night (local time)," a spokesman for the Best of Rome pub crawl told brisbanetimes.com.au.

The spokesman said police had interrogated him for more than five hours after the discovery of the body. Officials had also questioned other staff members about the incident.

He said the man's death had occurred after the pub crawl had finished.

"This is something that I don't know if I have any responsibility (for), that I could be charged for," the spokeman said.

"I think it was an accident. I don't think it was any violence."

The Best of Rome website says its staff members take up to 120 people at a time on their pub crawl.

"There are two main conditions we require from our customers when they join usĀ  speak a bit of English and like drinking," the site says.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed the death happened in Rome's Trastevere district. The dead man's name has not yet been released.

He was reportedly wearing a pub crawl t-shirt.

An Italian police spokesman said the body was found on Wednesday morning, local time.

"We found the body at around 9.45 this morning (5.45pm Queensland time)," he said.

"We don't know the cause of death, whether it was an accident or not."

The body was identified by papers found in his wallet, media reports said.

The ABC reported authorities were now trying to contact another Australian believed to have been travelling with the man.

- with AAP

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