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Sunday 20 April 2014

Schumacher injured as he attempted to help distressed friend

File photo dated 01/02/10 of former racing driver Michael Schumacher who is in a critical condition in hospital after a skiing accident in France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 30, 2013. The seven time Formula One racing champion crashed while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel and was airlifted to hospital. According to Sky Sports Germany, a medical bulletin released last night by University Hospital of Grenoble spokesman Jean-Marc Grenier, said the 44-year-old German was in a coma. See PA story ACCIDENT Schumacher. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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The seven time Formula One racing champion crashed while skiing off-piste in the resort of Meribel and was airlifted to hospital. Photo credit: David Davies/PA Wire

As police launch an investigation into the events that led to Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, it has emerged that the Formula One ace was trying to help a stricken friend.

The driver remains in a critical condition despite a ‘slight improvement’ yesterday following a second operation and doctors have refused to predict what the future holds given his precarious current position.

Schumacher’s spokesperson Sabine Kehm has denied that German was skiing at high speed and lost control, stating that the Formula One legend was trying to help a stricken friend on the French Alpine resort of Meribel.

“Michael and the group had been skiing on normal slopes,” she said.

“In between red and blue slopes there was an area and they went into that.”

“He helped a friend who had fallen and went into deep snow, hit a rock and was catapulted into the air and landed head down. It was extreme bad luck, not because he was at speed.”

It was also confirmed that paramedics landed at the scene within minutes of the accident.

There was no need for the doctors to face the media today with Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm giving an update from outside the hospital.

Kehm said: "Michael's condition has been supervised all the night and remained stable over the night and also now.

"The good news for today is that we do not have the feeling to hold a press conference because there are no significant changes."

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