Oxford student, 22, suffers cardiac arrest at French ski resort

2016-12-05 13:23
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Grenoble – A British man who died on Sunday in the French Alps was a student on a ski trip jointly organised by Cambridge and Oxford universities, according to UK media reports.

The 22-year-old was found unconscious by friends in an apartment in the Val-Thorens ski resort, police said.

He was among a group which arrived at the resort by bus on Saturday and was believed to have started drinking that afternoon.

The emergency services were called at around 08:00 (07:00 GMT) on Sunday and were unable to resuscitate the student, who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

The student was a history undergraduate at St John's College, Oxford University, The Times reported. He was a qualified snowboard instructor and had also taken part in the university trip a year ago, the newspaper said.

Nuco Travel, organisers of the week-long trip, confirmed one of the participants had died.

"Sadly one of our passengers passed away on Sunday 4th December 2016. At this time, to respect their family and friends' privacy, we will not be commenting further," the company said in a statement.

The Varsity ski trip of Cambridge and Oxford students dates to the 1920s and this year involved more than 3 000 students, according to organisers.

A spokesperson for Britain's foreign ministry said: "We are supporting the family of a British national who died in France on 4 December. We are in contact with the local authorities."

An Oxford University spokesperson was not immediately available when contacted by AFP.

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