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British boy (7) dies in French ski accident

Rory Mulholland

Published 11/04/2015 | 13:27

The boy was on holiday with his mother and siblings Credit: OT Flaine
The boy was on holiday with his mother and siblings Credit: OT Flaine

A seven-year-old British boy has been killed in a skiing accident in the French Alps.

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The child, who had been on a family holiday in the resort of Flaine in France's Haute Savoie region, went over a cliff after straying off piste, emergency services said.

The boy, who has not been named, was on a family holiday in the resort of Flaine in France's Haute Savoie region.

“He asked his mother for permission to ski on his own for the final descent of the holiday,” said a rescue worker at the resort near Geneva that is popular with British holidaymakers.

But he then somehow left the marked slopes and got lost.

“He went over a rock formation, then fell between 50 and 100 metres (160 and 300 feet),” the rescue worker said.

When the boy did not rejoin his family at the base of the ski slopes, the alarm was raised and rescue workers set out at around 7pm local time to look for him.

When their hunt failed to locate him, a helicopter was called in. It quickly found the boy’s body at the foot of the rock formation.

“He died instantly. He had probably been dead for two hours before we found him,” an official said.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the exact cause of his death.

Earlier this month, three tourists - two Austrians and an Italian - were killed and a fourth was seriously injured in an avalanche on the Glacier Blanc in the Ecrins National Park in the French Alps near the border with Italy.

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