British skier falls to his death in French Alps

British skier falls to his death in French Alps

In a separate tragedy, a 12-year-old died after falling almost 500ft off a cliff with his 10-year-old brother, who somehow survived with a broken pelvis.

A British skier fell to his death in the French Alps, mountain rescue authorities have said.

Local media reported the children's father called police on Saturday afternoon after the brothers, who were skiing alone, failed to show up.

The man was in his 20s and fell 650ft off a cliff in Oz-en-Oizans, in Isere, east of Grenoble.

The younger brother was taken to the Thonon-les-Bains hospital and police said his condition is not life-threatening.

A British man was found dead following the fall, he confirmed.

The experienced skiers ended up in a "very steep and icy" area with rocky outcrops and unstable snow while trying to reach a marked slope, according to police.

All three men fell from the cliff at different times, one was unscathed, another suffered minor injuries and it the third appeared to have died instantly.

The teen and his 10-year-old brother removed their skis and entered a forest after straying off course for an unknown reason.

The two surviving skiers were rescued, said Mr Bepol, who was not able to confirm how old they were.

"Following the death of a British National in the French Alps, we are providing consular support to the family", the statement said.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this hard time".

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