A British man on a skiing holiday in the French Alps froze to death in a mountain stream following a drinking session and lay undiscovered for a day-and-a-half, it emerged tonight.
- Man named locally as Louis Robertson, 26, from Glasgow
- Went missing from popular La Plagne resort on Wednesday night
- Believed to have got lost trying to find short cut home in the dark
The body of Louis Roberton, 26 and from Glasgow, was found just before 8am this morning in the Lovatiere area of La Plagne.
He had gone missing late on Wednesday night during a ‘bar hopping’ session with two friends he was on holiday.
The party had arrived in the popular resort last Sunday, and were due to spend the week skiing and snowboarding.
But witnesses said they had seen Mr Robertson drinking heavily, and he is believed to have got lost as he tried to find a short cut home in the dark.
‘It appears to have been an unfortunate accident,’ said a local police spokesman. ‘He wanted to take a short cut and, in the cold and dark, met his death.’
A missing persons alert was issued throughout the resort on Thursday at 4pm, but heavy snow and bad light meant the search had to be postponed overnight.
British skiers and snowboarders have frequently got into serious problems after drinking too much in the Alps.
Many have died because they underestimated the risk of drinking at a high altitude.
A campaign about the dangers involved was launched by the then British ambassador to France in 2009, with Sir Peter Westmacott saying: ‘Over the past years, we’ve noticed a rise in accidents in resorts linked to alcohol consumption, particularly accidents on the slopes, mostly among young people.
‘We are telling our compatriots to be careful: when you consume too much alcohol at an altitude and it’s cold, the danger is greater,’ he said.
In February of this year an inquest heard how a young British skier died when he smashed into a snow cannon after drinking four bottles of beer before taking to the slopes in the nearby resort of Val D’Isere.
The holiday rep had also led tourists on a bar crawl the previous night, shouted ‘Watch this!’ as he set on a steep run moments before the tragedy.
He lost control while trying to execute a turn and ploughed into the snow-making machine at high speed.
And in January a British teenager drowned in an outdoor swimming pool after a night out with friends in Alpe d’Huez, another French ski resort.
Police said she and a male friend had been drinking before they climbed over a 6ft fence to get into the water, where she became trapped under a tarpaulin that was partly covering the municipal pool.
La Plagne, which was created in 1961 in the Alpine Tarentaise valley, is now made up of 11 resorts.
Its highest altitude is 10,660ft and it has a ski area of 39 square miles spread across four villages.
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