A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.

A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the famous 3 Vallées

The reports say that the 65 years old man, who was not yet named by authorities, had a heart attack just before he fell. He was seating next to a female friend. She is being interviewed by the police.

Investigators want to find out if the victim might have squeezed down the metal safety bar of the chairlift that protects passengers.

The lift was a six-seater built by the company Pomagalski in 2017 that transports 2,400 per hour.

A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.
A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées. Illustrative photo.

Emergency services were called at 12.20 to the Roc-de-Tougne lift and from the six first respondents, two doctors tried to resuscitate the man for more than half an hour but unfortunately the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man suffered a heart attack and died on the slopes in the resort of Méribel.

Police are investigating whether the 65-year-old man was in cardiac arrest before falling 32 feet from the chairlift.

Emergency services were called at 12.20pm to the Roc-de-Tougne lift.

Six first responders intervened, and they were shortly joined by two doctors.

Resuscitation attempts lasted for more than half-an-hour, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation has been opened by the prosecutor in Albertville to determine the cause of death and sequence of events.

This last week has been pretty catastrophic in the Alps killing at least 20 people.

A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.
A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.

The latest victims were two snowboarders killed yesterday after cutting an avalanche by ignoring closed slopes signals in Bulgaria.

This added to the recent 300 meters wide avalanche that crashed into the hotel in Schwaegalp in Switzerland – Thankfully here only three people were slightly hurt.

Avalanche warnings are at a critical level across the continent. A state of emergency has been declared in Southern Germany. In Bavaria, yesterday, a kid of 9 years old has been crashed by a tree that has fallen due to the weight of the snow.

Greece has been battered by heavy snow with temperatures as low as -23C. And Albania, Montenegro and Serbia have deployed their armies.

A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.
A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.

More Info:

Telegraph.

The Sun. 

You can see our recent article on how avalanches claimed two lives in Switzerland the past week.

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A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.
A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.

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A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.
A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées.

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A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées. Photo Antwon. Unsplash.
A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées. Photo Antwon. Unsplash.

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Featured Image: The pretty resort of Méribel in Les Trois Vallées. A British skier dies after falling 32 feet from a chairlift in the French resort of Méribel at the 3 Vallées. 

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