British skier, 65, got a heart attack on the chairlift and then fell during his vacation in the French Alps

Jeff Martin, 65, pictured, collapsed on the ski lift after a heart attack and dropped from a height of 32 feet into Méribel

Jeff Martin, 65, pictured, collapsed on the ski lift after a heart attack and dropped from a height of 32 feet into Méribel

The British skier who died after falling down a chairlift in the French Alps has been mentioned.

Jeff Martin, 65, collapsed on the ski lift after a heart attack and fell from the moving elevator from a height of 32 feet.

The consummate sailor who lived in Falmouth, Cornwall, was on holiday with family and friends in the Méribel ski resort.

An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of death.

Major Christian Crueize, a spokesperson for the mountain rescue service in Modane, said: "He was certainly sick on the chairlift before he fell, but an autopsy was required to determine the exact cause of death. Was it the trauma of the fall or cardiac arrest or a combination of the two? & # 39;

Emergency services were called at 12.20 on Friday to the Roc-de-Tougne lift.

Resuscitation attempts lasted more than half an hour, but Mr. Martin was declared dead on the spot. Six first responders intervened and were accompanied by two doctors.

Mr. Martin, on the picture, stood with a friend on the elevator and it is not known if they had the time to put the safety bar of the chairlift, which is on the other side of the passenger seat, into the locking mode.

Mr. Martin, on the picture, stood with a friend on the elevator and it is not known if they had the time to put the safety bar of the chairlift, which is on the other side of the passenger seat, into the locking mode.

Mr. Martin, on the picture, stood with a friend on the elevator and it is not known if they had the time to put the safety bar of the chairlift, which is on the other side of the passenger seat, into the locking mode.

M. Martin went on board the six-person lift with a female friend. They were the only two passengers. Less than a minute later, Mr. Martin fell ill.

It is not known if the couple had time to put the safety bar of the chairlift, which is on the other side of the passenger queues, into the locking mode, but then it fell from the elevator to the mountain below.

Major Crueize said: & # 39; The victim got on the chairlift with a friend. The friend thought the victim was joking, but in fact he suffered a heart attack. They had just left on the elevator.

& # 39; After a short distance – perhaps 100 to 200 meters – he fell. We do not know exactly what happened, but we speak with his friend.

Resuscitation attempts lasted more than half an hour, but Mr Martin was declared dead on the spot in Méribel (file photo)

Resuscitation attempts lasted more than half an hour, but Mr Martin was declared dead on the spot in Méribel (file photo)

Resuscitation attempts lasted more than half an hour, but Mr Martin was declared dead on the spot in Méribel (file photo)

& # 39; We do not know if the safety bar was locked in the correct position by the victim or his friend.

& # 39; There is a possibility that if the security bar is not properly locked, it can jump up again. There is a spring system through which it can be opened.

One theory is that he did not have time to secure the beam properly for his heart attack. He therefore fell during his attack. But we do not yet know if this attack is the cause of his death. & # 39;

He said the elevator was operational again on Saturday.

He said: "Specialist technicians have examined the structure and parts yesterday. The elevator turns again. & # 39;

The six-person lift was built in 2017 by the French company Pomagalski and can carry 2,400 people per hour.

Mr. Martin was executive secretary of the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) for 40 years. He had worked at every Laser Open World Championship, apart from the first in 1974, when he was a competitor.

A statement from the ILCA, under the heading Eight Bells – Jeff Martin, referring to the sailing term & # 39; end of the watch & # 39; or an obituary – read: "ILCA is shocked and saddened to hear that Jeff Martin died on January 11, 2019 during a skiing holiday with family and friends.

& Jeff's dedication to sailing was unrivaled. He was executive secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years.

Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events and worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first in 1974, where he was a competitor.

Mr. Martin went on holiday with family and friends in the ski resort (file photo)

Mr. Martin went on holiday with family and friends in the ski resort (file photo)

Mr. Martin went on holiday with family and friends in the ski resort (file photo)

& # 39; Jeff Martin's loss will be felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff's family and friends. & # 39;

Last September, Mr Martin was admitted to the Laser Class Hall of Fame, which recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the Laser's international reputation.

At the announcement in Ireland, Andy Roy, North American laser class president, stated: "On behalf of the ILCA World Council, we are delighted to recognize these outstanding employees at Laser Class.

& # 39; I am also proud to present this evening directly to two of the inaugural inductees, Jeff Martin and Peter Seidenberg. I know both gentlemen since the 1970s, and it's great to recognize their important contributions to the laser. & # 39;

Méribel is part of the Trois Vallées ski area and is popular with the British. It is located in the Tarentaise Valley near the town of Moûtiers.

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