A British student has died while on a ski holiday to Val d'Isere. The body of Rachel Ward, 20, from Halifax, West Yorkshire was found by the Isere River Tuesday morning (1/13/09).
Rachel was on a ski and snowboarding holiday with fellow students from Durham University. She went out with friends Monday night, but left alone to walk back to her chalet. After sending an "I'm lost" text message to her friend, it is thought that she may have tried to take a shortcut across the river or perhaps slipped on some ice beside the steep riverbank. Her body was found floating in the river the next morning by a man on his way to work.
Benoit Launay at the Val d'Isere Tourist Office told OnTheSnow.com: "An investigation is underway to find out the exact causes and circumstances of this tragedy. A medical examiner travelled to Moutiers Wednesday night to examine the body. We are awaiting the conclusions of his observations."
The Evening Standard is reporting that French prosecutors are considering whether to press charges against her friends for ignoring her text message and failing to help a person in danger by contacting emergency services. Rachel sent her close friend a text message around 1 a.m.
Ward's death comes just a few days after two 21-year-old Britons, Rob Gauntlett and friend James Atkinson, died in a climbing accident near the French ski resort of Chamonix.