Accomplished sailor died after falling from ski lift in French Alps, inquest hears

A RENOWNED sailor died after plunging from a ski lift on a family holiday, an inquest heard.

Jeffery Martin, 65, suffered a medical episode, slipped under the safety bar and fell 33ft.


Accomplished sailor Jeffery Martin died after plunging from a ski lift on a family holiday in the French Alps, an inquest heardCredit: Stop Press

He was resuscitated but later died at the scene in Meribel in the French Alps in January 2019.

A post-mortem found dad Jeffery had suffered a cardiac arrest or a stroke.

He had a history of disease of the arteries and high blood pressure.

Jeffery, of Falmouth, Cornwall, was an accomplished sailor and executive secretary of the International Laser Class Association for 40 years.

His wife Angela hit out at the lift’s design.

She told the Cornwall inquest: “He didn’t choose to be ill and he didn’t choose to fall.

“Machines should be made so that, conscious or unconscious, you are kept safe.”

Verdict: Natural causes.

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