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'Lost' boy dies in Alps ski fall

Published 11/04/2015

A seven-year-old boy has died while skiing in the French Alps.
A seven-year-old boy has died while skiing in the French Alps.

A British seven-year-old boy has died in a skiing accident while on a family holiday in the French Alps.

The boy was reportedly skiing alone when he became lost and fell around 160 feet from a rocky outcrop in the resort of Flaine yesterday afternoon.

He had been skiing with his mother, brother and sister but asked to ski the final descent of the day by himself.

When he failed to make it to the bottom of the slopes his family raised the alarm and police began a frantic search which ended with the discovery of his body some three-and-a-half hours later.

Michel Ollagnon, an officer with the Bonneville mountain rescue service, told reporters the boy's body was spotted off his expected course by rescuers in a helicopter in the early evening.

Police chief Patrick Poirot, the head of the mountain rescue division in the nearby town of Annecy, told the Daily Mirror: "Specialists are at the scene to try and determine exactly what happened and understand every element that led to this tragedy.

"Hypothetically we think that after losing his parents, the little boy didn't know where to go and skied in the wrong direction.

"He's just seven-years-old. He left the marked ski slope and probably skied to the top of a cliff. He then stopped, removed his skis, walked a little way and then fell. He fell 50 metres."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Flaine, France, on April 10.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

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