- West Country (E)
A British schoolgirl aged 10 has died after skiing into a tree athigh-speed during a family holiday in the Austrian Alps. Jemima Prees from Chippenham, Wiltshire had been skiing with her father and brother at the Mayrhofen resort when she is said to have lost control and shot into an off-piste area.
After she careered out of control through a heavily wooded area, witnesses say that Jemima was unable to stop and hit a tree at fullspeed. Her father and brother gave her first aid on the slope beforemountain rescuers arrived. The girl was wearing a helmet when the accident happened.
Paramedics flew her to hospital in Innsbruck by helicopter, within minutes of Sunday’s accident, but health officials confirmed this morning that she had died.
The death of a young skier from Wiltshire has been ruled an accident but the inquest heard her organs have helped four other children live.
Jemima Prees from Wiltshire was killed after hitting a tree at high-speed while on a family skiing holiday in Austria.