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Irwin Mitchell instructed following fatal skiing accident in Italy

We have recently been instructed to act for the wife and children of a young man who sadly died in an avalanche in northern Italy whilst he was on a skiing trek.

Our client was in a group of skiers proceeding in single file when the avalanche hit. At the time, everyone in the group was wearing transponders (wireless communication devices which emit signals to detect location). Immediately after the avalanche had settled, the others in the group were able to find our client using his transponder and dig him out. Sadly though, despite their best efforts to revive him, he had died at the scene.

There is an ongoing criminal investigation in Italy where the authorities are investigating what exactly happened and whether all the required safety measures had been followed.

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