British skier suffers heart attack, falls 32ft to his death

(Metro.UK) -A British skier has died after he suffered a heart attack on a chairlift and fell 32 feet onto the French Alps below.

Jeff Martin, 65, was on holiday with family and friends in the ski resort of Méribel when he boarded the Roc-de-Tougne lift on January 11.

Less than a minute later, he collapsed in his seat and fell from the moving lift shortly before 12.20pm.

An inquiry has now been opened to determine the cause of death. Resuscitation attempts by emergency services lasted for more than half-an-hour, but  Mr Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Mr Martin and his female friend had been the only two passengers on-board the chairlift, and it is not known if they had time to pull the safety bar into lock mode across their laps.

Major Christian Crueize, a spokesman from the mountain rescue service in Modane, said: ‘The friend thought the victim was joking around but in fact he was suffering a heart attack.

‘They only just departed on the lift. After travelling very little distance – perhaps 100 to 200 metres – he fell.

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