UPDATE*** British snowboarder dies five days after Chamonix accident
Emily Watts has passed away following several days on a life-support machine
UPDATE*** British snowboarder Emily Watts has died five days after a tragic snowboarding accident at the Grand Montets ski area in the Chamonix Valley. She had been on life-support since Saturday, when she crashed into a snowdrift on the side of a piste, suffering cardiac arrest.
The family met with rescuers this week to get a clearer picture of what happened, and discovered it was a British man who had raised the alarm. Watts caught an edge while snowboarding on the Pierre a Ric run, and was catapulted from the groomed run into a 70cm snowdrift, landing in a spot that was very difficult to see from the piste.
Emily Watts is on a life-support machine after falling into a snowdrift at the Grand Montets ski area in the Chamonix Valley on Saturday 8 December. Starved of oxygen, the young women had suffered cardiac arrest by the time emergency crews arrived, prompting fears of brain damage. It is now understood that she is unlikely to recover.
The 26 year-old snowboarder from Lavenham, Suffolk, was riding at the Grand Montets area on the opening day of the season, having travelled to Chamonix to work in the resort for the winter. The accident reportedly occurred just after 4pm and just metres from a red run. She was an experienced snowboarder.
The exact circumstances that led to the fall, causing Emily (known as 'Mimi') to become stuck in a snowdrift for 45 minutes, are not entirely clear. She was treated by emergency crew at the scene and taken to hospital in Annecy before being transferred to a specialist unit, however the duration of time that the mountain-loving design student was without oxygen has dimmed expectations of her making a recovery.
Our thoughts are with Emily's parents and brother, who have flown to France to be by her bedside.
Tragic. Condolences to her family.
I have skied the Pierre a Ric run many times and my thoughts are with the family.
related ski news
- Spotlight on: Treble Cone
- Treble Cone was voted the best ski area in New Zealand for the past two years running at the World Snow Awards, and a quick look at the piste map explains why.
- Jenny Jones inspires young people at the Snow-Camp Bristol launch
- Youth charity Snow-Camp held its first ever Bristol First Tracks programme on the 9th & 10th May.
- Shred all summer long
- Salomon Grom Camps return to indoor slopes around the UK
- Aimee Fuller - This girl certainly can
- We caught up with Aimee to get her take on everything from who she loves riding with to what it takes to compete at the top, and why she supports the This Girl Can campaign.