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05 March 2008

Man dies in Chamonix lift fall

Three men are in custody after one of their friends fell to his death from the Brevent to Planpraz bubble lift on Saturday.

(c/o Antoine Chandellier, Le Dauphine Libéré)

According to local paper, Le Dauphine Libéré, the man fell after breaking through a side window.

The cause of the fall is unclear but it is thought the men could have been drinking and were pushing each other around whilst in the lift.

The four men were childhood friends and had shared a meal before using the cable car on Saturday afternoon.

Police say the victim fell from a height of 25 metres (82ft) and died instantly. A French family came across the body whilst walking under the bubble lift.

The three men in the lift are being questioned but so far no charges have been laid, and their identities have not been revealed.

According to François Bidaut, the Director General of La Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, this is "an exceptional incident which has never occurred before"  and the company has carried out safety checks on every single one of the bubbles.

The lift is now fully back in operation.

In a seperate incident in the same resort, a British snowboarder was killed on Sunday whilst descending the Vallée Blanche after he fell into a crevasse.

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