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Skier died in accident on piste in Austria

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An experienced skier died in an accident on the piste whilst on holiday with friends earlier this year, an inquest heard.

Anthony Blake, of Normanby Le Wold, died on January 23 after a fall on the slopes of the ski resort at St Anton, Austria, the day before.

Mr Blake was found by a member of his group face down in the snow after a fall.

He was described as an experienced skier and the best in the group in a statement read out at Spilsby Coroner’s Court.

Mr Blake allowed two members of his party to catch up whilst they went down one of the resort’s slopes.

After they passed he was found by another member of the group who was skiing behind them in order to try out some new equipment.

The emergency services were called and Mr Blake was air-lifted to hospital.

According to his death certificate, issued in Austria, Mr Blake died of a cerebral haemorrhage sustained as a result of the fall.

When his body was returned to the UK a postmortem examination could not determine an official cause of his death.

Deputy Coroner Paul Smith returned a verdict of accidental death.

 

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