Jemima Prees from near Corsham, Wiltshire, was skiing with her family in Mayrhofen in the Tyrol region of Austria. She died after careering head first into a tree, despite wearing a helmet. Her brother and father tried to help her at the scene.
She was quickly airlifted to hospital in Innsbruck but doctors couldn't save her. Jemima was a pupil at Calder House, a school for children with special educational needs near Chippenham. She's described as a popular pupil who was very keen on the theatre.
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.