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Skiing accident schoolboy dies

A teenager injured in a skiing accident on a school trip in the French Alps has died.

Kieran Brookes, 14, a pupil at Torquay Boys' Grammar School in Devon, was left in a coma after becoming trapped in a ski lift.

He was midway through the skiing trip in the resort of Chatel when the incident happened. It is believed the schoolboy became trapped by the straps of his backpack while getting off a lift, restricting his airway until he was rescued.

His headmaster described Kieran's death as a "devastating tragedy", and paid tribute to a "lovely boy" who was involved in all aspects of school life and "generous to his friends".

Kieran was flown home after being cared for by specialists at a hospital in Annecy, south-east France. His parents, Nick and Cindy Brookes, from Newton Abbot, have been at his bedside in hospital in Exeter.

Roy Pike, headteacher at Torquay Boys' Grammar School, said: "Kieran was a lovely boy, fully involved in the life of the school. He participated in all sorts of activities, he was full of energy and especially generous to his friends."

Mr Pike said that after the accident he had heard that in a recent national mathematics challenge Kieran finished in the top 5% of students.

"All in all this is a devastating tragedy," he added.

The school will be working with Mr and Mrs Brookes to set up a memorial fund in Kieran's name.

French police have launched an investigation which they said is expected to take several weeks.

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