This is the first picture of a British skier who died after falling from a chairlift in the French Alps.
Jeff Martin, 65, collapsed on the ski lift after suffering a heart attack yesterday, it is understood.
He then fell from the moving lift from a height of 32 feet.
The accomplished sailor who lived in Falmouth, Cornwall, was on holiday with family and friends in the ski resort of Méribel.
Mr Martin boarded the six-seater lift with a female friend and they were the only two passengers on it at the time.
Less than a minute later Mr Martin was taken ill, and he then fell off the lift onto the mountain below.
Emergency services were called at 12.20pm on Friday to the Roc-de-Tougne lift. Six first responders intervened and they were shortly joined by two doctors.
Resuscitation attempts lasted for more than half-an-hour but Mr Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.
An inquiry has been opened to determine the cause of death.
Major Christian Crueize, a spokesman from the mountain rescue service in Modane that attended the scene, said: "He was certainly ill on the chairlift before falling but an autopsy has been demanded to determine the exact cause of death.
"Was it the trauma of the fall or the cardiac arrest or a mix of the two?"
He added: "The victim got on to the chairlift with a friend. The friend thought the victim was joking around but in fact he was suffering a heart attack. They had only just departed on the lift.
"After travelling very little distance – perhaps 100 to 200 metres – he fell."
Major Crueize said they did not know precisely what had happened and said they did not know if the safety bar had been locked down into the correct position.
"There is a possibility that if the safety bar is not locked down properly it can spring back up," he said. "There is a spring system enabling it to open.
"One theory is that he didn’t have time to lock the bar down properly before his heart attack.
"He therefore fell during his seizure. But we do not yet know if this seizure is what caused his death."
He said the lift was operating again on Saturday.
"Specialist technicians examined the structure and parts yesterday. The lift is running again," Mr Martin said.
The six-seater lift was constructed by the French company Pomagalski in 2017 and can transport 2,400 people per hour.
An investigation was opened by the prosecutor in Albertville to determine the cause of death and sequence of events.
Mr Martin served as the 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 one in 1974 when he was a competitor.
A statement from the ILCA read: "ILCA is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff Martin on 11 January 2019 while on a ski holiday with family and friends.
"Jeff’s dedication to the sport of sailing was unparalleled, having served as the Executive Secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years.
"Jeff was a cornerstone of Laser events, having worked at every Laser Open World Championship except the first one in 1974 where he was a competitor.
"The loss of Jeff Martin will be keenly felt throughout the sailing world and our deepest condolences go out to Jeff’s family and friends."
Last September, Mr Martin was inducted into the Laser Class Hall of Fame which recognises individuals who have contributed significantly to the Laser’s international standing.
Méribel is part of the Trois Vallées ski area and is popular with the British.
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