British skier, 65, dies after falling more than 30ft from ski lift he was sharing with female friend in French resort Méribel
- British man, 65, dies after falling off a ski lift in the French resort of Méribel
- Police are investigating whether the man suffered a heart attack before falling
- He was with a female companion when he fell 32ft at around 12.20pm on Friday
A British man has died while skiing in the French Alps at the French resort of Méribel after falling off a chairlift, the mountain rescue service said.
The 65-year-old man, who was with a female friend, slipped off shortly after the lift took off and plunged to the ground, rescue workers said.
Emergency services were called at 12.20pm to the Roc-de-Tougne lift, on Friday.
Police are investigating whether the 65-year-old man was in cardiac arrest before falling 32 feet from the chairlift.
Six first responders were joined by two doctors who attempted to save the man’s life.
Resuscitation attempts lasted for more than half-an-hour but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident took place in Meribel in the Three Valleys Ski area of the French Alps
The man died after falling from a ski lift. Emergency services could not resuscitate him at the scene
An investigation has been opened by the prosecutor in Albertville to determine the cause of death and sequence of events.
The man, whose name has not been released by authorities, was skiing with a female friend who was sitting beside him on the lift.
She is being being interviewed by police.
Investigators will want to determine how the victim, already in discomfort or not, could have fallen from the chairlift which has a horizontal metal safety rail positioned across the passengers.
The six-seater lift was constructed by the French company Pomagalski in 2017 and can transport 2,400 people per hour.
Méribel is part of the Trois Vallées ski area and is popular with the British. It is in the Tarentaise Valley near the town of Moûtiers.
Prosecutors in the nearby town of Albertville have opened an investigation into the exact cause of death.