A 13-year-old British girl has died during a school ski trip after falling from a chairlift at the resort of Claviere in Italy, a local police spokesman has said. The principal of the Middlesex academy said staff and pupils are "devastated".
The principal of the Middlesex academy which has seen one of its students killed during a school holiday to an Italian ski resort, after apparently falling off a chair lift, has defended the role of staff on the trip.
Rajinder Singh Sandhu, from Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes, broke the news of the teenager's death to her family before paying tribute to the victim in the following statement:
The leader of this trip and everyone associated with it is devastated by the death of an absolutely lovely student.
The vice principal leading the trip has vast experience - having led 28 of such trips throughout his teaching career. He is obsessive about safety and security on these trips.
It would be inappropriate for the school to comment further - given that there must be no prejudice to the very thorough investigation that will take place by Italian authorities.
Mr Sandhu added that the school is "doing everything possible to support the family in any way possible".
A company specialising in school skiing trips said a pupil from a Middlesex academy died today in a chair lift incident in Italy, the Daily Mail has reported.
The company, Skibound, reportedly said: "Skibound regrets to confirm that a pupil from Guru Nanak Sikh Academy in Hayes, Middlesex,has been involved in a fatal incident in the ski resort of Claviere in the Piemonte region of Italy.
"The Company’s Operations Centre received notification that a female pupil had been involved in an incident on a chair lift during her morning ski school lesson.
"Italian emergency services arrived at the scene, but unfortunately she was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital."