Wiltshire student who died in zip wire accident named

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A British student who died in the Swiss Alps after crashing into a rock face on a zip wire has been named as Andrea Watton, from Salisbury in Wiltshire.

The 21-year-old was with six other sports science students on a trip to the village of Saas-Fee.

She was on a "via ferrata" - a mountain hiking route fitted with cables, ladders and bridges - when the accident happened on Sunday.

It is understood she had failed to secure herself properly to the wire.

'High achiever'

Ms Watton was a student at the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at Bangor University in Wales.

The university described her as a "conscientious, high-achieving and popular student who would be greatly missed."

The spokesman added: "Andrea was a conscientious and high-achieving student who was well-liked by her peers.

"She was passionate, thoughtful and engaging, and quick to volunteer, helping others whenever possible."

'Unable to brake'

Her family who live in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, said they did not want to speak about the tragedy.

A local police spokesman said despite the reservations of Ms Watton's colleagues, she fixed only two hooks to the cable and launched herself.

He said: "She was unable to brake when she reached the other side and smashed violently into a rock face. She died immediately.

"Her family have travelled to the country after hearing the news of her death.

"The rest of the students in her group, meanwhile, have returned to the UK, he added.

The spokesman added that the group had set out without a guide.

The local magistrate in Haut-Valais has opened an investigation into the incident.

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