Breaking news: Injured snowboarder dies

A British student who suffered a horrific snowboarding accident in the French Alps has died, her family has said.

Emily Watts, known as Mimi, fell headfirst into a snowdrift and was stuck for about 45 minutes following the incident in Chamonix on Saturday.

By the time emergency crews arrived, the 26-year-old, from Lavenham in Suffolk, had suffered a cardiac arrest, prompting fears of brain damage.

Her parents, Nicky McAllister and Dominic Watts, along with her 27-year-old brother Rory, flew to France to be by her bedside.

But after a number of days on a life support machine, she died earlier today, Miss Watts' aunt Shona Pollock said.

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Snowboarder's family launch charity

The family of Mimi Watts, a 26 year old Suffolk woman killed in a snowboarding accident in France, have launched a charity in her memory.