Heart fail ski plunge

The People - - News Features - By Alexan­dra Wil­liams

A BRIT tourist has died af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack and plung­ing from a chair­lift in the French Alps.

Jeff Martin, 65, fell more than 30ft from the lift while on hol­i­day with fam­ily and friends. He had boarded it with a fe­male pal but fell to his death sec­onds later.

Ma­jor Chris­tian Crueize, of the Mo­dane moun­tain res­cue ser­vice, said: “The friend thought he was jok­ing around. In fact he was suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack.”

The ac­com­plished sailor, from Fal­mouth, Corn­wall, was stay­ing in the ski re­sort of Méri­bel, where race ace Michael Schu­macher was al­most killed five years ago.

Jeff spent 40 years help­ing to run the In­ter­na­tional Laser Class As­so­ci­a­tion and was de­scribed as “a cor­ner­stone” of the sport.

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