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Cornwall man dies after falling from ski lift in French Alps

Jeff Martin was a well-respected sailor from Falmouth Photo: ILCA

A man from Falmouth has died after falling from a ski lift in the French Alps.

Jeff Martin suffered a suspected heart attack on a moving chair-lift and fell 32 feet.

The 65-year-old was on a family holiday when he died at the Méribel ski resort on Friday.

The view of the bottom of the Biolley piste Credit: Méribel webcam

Jeff was an accomplished sailor and executive secretary of International Laser Class Association for 40 years.

In a tribute the ILCA says his loss will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world.

Jeff Martin, left, was inducted into the ILCA Hall of Fame last year Credit: ICLA

ILCA is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019 while on a ski holiday with family and friends.

Jeff's dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years. Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor.

The loss of Jeff Martin will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff's family and friends.

– ILCA