Snowboarder 'fighting for life'

A British student who was left critically ill after a snowboarding accident in the French Alps is still fighting for her life, her family said today.

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Mother denies reports that daughter was off piste

Emily's mother, Nicky, has said that her family are on their way to meet mountain rescue workers in order to "get a better picture of exactly what happened".

We have seen some reports that Emily was off piste and on her own - that is not true and she would never do that.

She was on piste and at the back of a group of friends.

They got to the bottom and realised she wasn't with them but, because she is such a competent snowboarder, it didn't occur to them that anything might have happened.

– emily watts' mother nicky

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Hope fades for family of injured British snowboarder

Emily Watts' aunt has said that she believes her niece is not likely to recover after suffering a cardiac arrest in the French Alps.

Shona Pollock said that Emily's brain was starved of oxygen for around 45 minutes before a rescue team reached her. "She's on a life support machine but it won't be for long," she said.

Ms Pollock described Emily as "outgoing" and "plucky" and said that she loves the mountains.

Family of critically ill British snowboarder fly to France

Emily Watts' parents, Nicky and Dominic, along with her 27-year-old brother Rory, have all travelled to the hospital in Annecy where she is being treated.

It took several days for French authorities to notify her parents because she was not wearing any form of identification.

British student fighting for life after snowboarding accident

A British student who was left critically ill after a snowboarding accident in the French Alps is still fighting for her life, her family said today.

Emily Watts, known as Mimi, fell headfirst into a snowdrift and was stuck for about 45 minutes following the fall 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.

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