Briton killed in zip wire accident
A British student has died in the Swiss Alps after smashing into a rock face on a zip wire.
The 21-year-old woman was one of a group of six sport science students on a trip to the village of Saas-Fee in the south of the country.
She was on a "via ferrata" - a mountain route fitted with cables, ladders and bridges - when the accident happened on Sunday.
She is understood to have lost control after failing to secure herself properly to the wire.
A number of people tried to help her but failed to save her, a source said.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Saas-Fee on August 8. Next of kin have been informed and we are providing consular assistance."
The group of students was reportedly participating in the mountain sport activity in the Gorge Alpine, an area boasting thundering waters and bizarre rock formations.
The local mountaineering office website says of the via ferrata: "Ladders, hanging bridges and funiculars are to send shivers up your spine. Your reward will be unforgettable memories."