British boy, 7, killed in French Alps skiing accident

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GRENOBLE, France: A seven-year-old British boy died when he fell from a cliff after straying off in the French Alps, emergency services said Saturday.

The boy, who had been on a family skiing holiday in the resort of Flaine in France’s Haute Savoie region, is believed to have taken a wrong turn on Friday after asking his mother if he could make the last descent of the day alone.

“He fell 50 to 100 meters (160 to 320 feet),” an emergency services spokesperson said.

It was not clear whether the boy was skiing at the time of the accident or was on foot.


An investigation has been launched into the circumstances.

The boy had earlier been skiing in a family group with his mother and siblings.

“He was on holiday in the area with his family and had asked permission from his mother to make the last descent on his own,” the spokesperson added.

Rescuers believe he died instantly, around two hours before his body was found.

AFP

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