Snowboard accident in Chamonix leaves British student fighting for life

By adamrowden, 11 Dec '12 at 16:04

Mimi Watts, 26, from Suffolk, was involved in a tragic snowboarding accident on Saturday (8 Dec 2012) and is now fighting for her life in hospital.

She fell headfirst into a snowdrift that was located a few metres from the edge of a red run in Chamonix and lay there for 45 minutes until the rescue services arrived.

When they got to the scene she had already suffered a cardiac arrest and was then helicoptered to a hospital in nearby Annecy. Once there she was then transferred to a specialist unit.

The accident was reported to have occurred at 4pm in the Grands Montets area in the Chamonix Valley on the opening day of the season.

Miss Watts moved to Chamonix two weeks ago in order to find a job before the ski season started and she was also an experienced snowboarder.

She had been snowboarding alone down the Pierre à Pic, a red run that takes skiers back to the hamlet of Argentière at the foot of the domain when the accident took place.

She is alleged to have fallen head first down a 1.5m hole that was created by snow ploughs and was knocked unconscious before suffering the cardiac arrest.

Source: Telegraph

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