48-year-old scientist dies in a ski accident after crashing into trees and holding onto life at night before rescue teams find his body
- Dr. David Blair was skiing on Mount Bogon in the Victorian Alps on Thursday
- It is believed that Dr. Blair hit some ice while skiing and crashed into a tree
- Emergency services tried to save him, but could only reach him on Friday
A scientist died in a ski accident after crashing into trees and holding on for a night before rescue teams found his body.
Dr. David Blair, a 48-year-old husband and father of two sons, was skiing on Thursday with a group of friends on Mount Bogong in the Alpine National park in the Victorian Alps.
It is believed that while Dr. Blair was skiing, he hit some ice and hit a tree.
Emergency services tried to reach Dr. Blair but were unable to do so until Friday morning and he died at around 6:30 am.
Dr. David Blair (photo), a husband and father of two sons, was skiing on Thursday with a group of friends on Mount Bogong in the Alpine National park in the Victorian Alps
Dr. Blair's good friend, Sarah Rees, told it The age he was a hard worker and deeply loved by his family.
& # 39; I am not just saying this lightly, he was extremely intelligent, friendly and community-oriented, and he unconditionally committed to his goals, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Rees said he loved the snow, hiking, climbing, and mountain biking.
He was involved in local sports and was part of a group that helped protect Healesville during the Black Saturday forest fires in 2009.
& # 39; He was just an incredible father, he was always there for his boys. The family is a real focal point for our community. They contribute so much and give so much … this is a huge loss for the Victorian community and the scientific brotherhood, & Mrs. Reese said.
It is believed that while Dr. Blair was skiing, hit some ice and hit a tree (photo Mount Bogong)
Dr. Blair completed Forest Science at Melbourne University and started working as an environmental consultant, writer and photographer.
He spent a year in Canada and another in the rainforests of Indonesia before returning to Victoria.
Once back in Australia, Dr. Blair specialized in native vegetation, weed and forest fire management, advice for local governments and private landowners.
Emergency services tried to reach Dr. Blair but were unable to do so until Friday morning and he died at around 6:30 am
He started working at the Australian National University's Fenner School of Environment and Society.
A few months before his death, Dr. Blair completed his PhD in the effects of fire and logging on plants.
Professor of Ecology at the Fenner School, David Lindenmayer, said he spent more than ten years with Dr. Blair worked and that he was one of the best in his field.
& # 39; He was passionate about forests, he was passionate about the outdoors and you would go very far to see a more committed father than he was. He spent a lot of time with his children and family, & said Professor Lindenmayer.
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