Suffolk

Snowboarder Emily Watts dies five days after Alps crash

  • 13 December 2012
  • From the section Suffolk
Emily Watts
Image caption Emily Watts crashed on the French Alps on Saturday

A snowboarder has died five days after an accident in the French Alps.

Emily Watts, 26, from Lavenham, Suffolk, crashed into a snowdrift and suffered a heart attack near Chamonix on Saturday.

Ms Watts, also known as Mimi, was taken to a hospital in Annecy and placed on a life support machine.

The Foreign Office confirmed she died on Thursday and said it would be assisting the family, who had travelled to France.

Ms Watts is said to have been an experienced snowboarder who had been working in France for a few weeks.

She was in the Grands Montets, the largest pisted skiing area in the Chamonix Valley, on the first day of the season when the accident happened.

Her family had said mountain rescuers and police had told them Ms Watts caught an edge of the piste and "was catapulted into a 70cm (27in) pile of powder".

A British skiier raised the alarm but Ms Watts is thought to have suffered a cardiac arrest by the time emergency crews arrived.

Her aunt, Shona Pollock, said Ms Watts had previously studied costume design at Sussex University and had attended a local convent in Bury St Edmunds.

She was due to begin a masters degree course in design.

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