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Teenager dies from holiday injury after skiing accident

The parents of a teenager, who died as a result of a holiday injury suffered while he was on a school trip to the French Alps, may make a compensation claim if someone is found to be responsible for his skiing accident.

The 14-year-old, from Newton Abbot, Devon, was believed to have become trapped by the straps of his backpack while getting off a ski lift. This resulted in his neck and chest being compressed, leaving him in a coma.

He was treated in a French hospital before being flown to hospital in Exeter where he died a week after suffering the personal injury.

His headmaster at Torquay Boys' Grammar School described the student's death as a ‘devastating tragedy' and paid tribute to the youngster.

French police are investigating how the holiday injury occurred but an inquest is expected to take place in the UK when these are concluded. If negligence by anyone is found to be the cause of the accident, then a damages case could be started through a solicitor.


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