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Meribel death: First picture of Brit skier killed falling 32ft from chairlift



This is the first image of a British skier who died after falling from a chairlift in the French Alps.

Jeff Martin, 65, collapsed on the ski lifts after suffering a stroke yesterday, of course.

Then he fell off the elevator from a height of 32 feet.

The experienced navigator who lived in Falmouth, Cornwall, was on vacation with family and friends in the Méribel ski resort.

Mr Martin boarded the six-seat elevator with a friend and they were the only two passengers at the time.

Less than a minute later Martin fell ill and then fell from the elevator to the mountain below.

The emergency services were convened Friday at 24.20 Friday at the Roc-de-Tougne lift. Six first rescuers intervened and were soon joined by two doctors.

Resuscitation attempts lasted for more than half an hour, but Mr. Martin was declared dead on the scene.

An investigation was opened to determine the cause of

Major Christian Crueize, a spokesman for the Modane Alpine rescue service who witnessed the scene, said: "He was certainly sick on the chairlift before fall, but an autopsy was requested to determine the exact cause of death 1

9659002] "Was the trauma of the fall or the cardiac arrest or a mix of the two?"

He added: " The victim climbed into a chairlift with a friend. The friend thought that the victim was joking, but actually suffered from a heart attack. They had just come up on the elevator.

"After traveling a very short distance – perhaps between 100 and 200 meters – he fell."



Jeff Martin died tragically after falling from a chairlift

Major Crueize said they did not know exactly what had happened and said they did not know if the security bar had been closed in the correct position .

"There is a possibility that if the safety bar is not closed properly, it can rise up again," he said. "There's a spring system that allows him to open up."

"One theory is that he did not have time to lock the bar properly before his heart attack.

"So he fell during his attack, but we still do not know if this kidnapping is what caused his death."

He said the elevator was working again on Saturday.

"Specialist technicians have examined the structure and left yesterday, the elevator is working again," Martin said.

The six-seat elevator was built by the French company Pomagalski in 2017 and can transport 2,400 people per hour.

An investigation was opened by the public prosecutor in Albertville to determine the cause of death and the sequence of events. [19659002] Mr. Martin has served as Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) for 40 years.

He worked in all the Laser Open World Championships apart from the first in 1974 when he was a competitor.

A statement from the ILC says: "ILCA is shocked and saddened by learning Jeff Martin's passage on January 11, 2019 during a skiing holiday with family and friends.

" Jeff's dedication the sport of sailing is unrivaled, having been for 40 years Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association.

"Jeff was a milestone in Laser events, having worked in all the Laser Open World Championships except the first in 1974 when he was a competitor.

" The loss of Jeff Martin will be felt intensely in the world of sailing and our deepest condolences go to Jeff's family and friends. "

Last September, Mr. Martin was placed in the Hall of Fame laser class, which recognizes people who have contributed significantly to the international position of the Laser.

Méribel is part of the Trois Vallées Ski Resort and is very popular among the English.

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