Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Lavenham: Brother’s tribute to snowboarder Mimi

21:30 13 December 2012

Emily Watts has died after a snowboarding accident in the French Alps her family has said.

Emily Watts has died after a snowboarding accident in the French Alps her family has said.

A BROTHER has paid tribute to his talented sister who died following a horrific snowboarding accident in the French Alps.

Emily Watts, known as Mimi, fell head-first into a snowdrift and was stuck for around 45 minutes after the incident in Chamonix on Saturday.

By the time emergency crews arrived, the 26-year-old, from Bury Road, Lavenham, had suffered a cardiac arrest, prompting fears of brain damage.

Her parents, Nicky McAllister and Dominic Watts, along with her 27-year-old brother Rory and step-family, flew to France to be by her bedside but she passed away yesterday having been on a life support machine.

Mr Watts said: “The doctors informed us that she was slipping deeper in to a coma and there was nothing left that they could do for her.

“We are all deeply saddened by what has happened, which was just an extremely unlucky sequence of events.

“The world lost a bright shining star this week, but her memory will live on and continue to inspire us all.”

The family will be starting a charity in her name called “Good Story” with the aim of nurturing creative talent by helping young people find funding and advice to start up their own businesses.

“I hope we can extract some gains from it all,” he added. “Firstly that Mims’ death can teach us all to do what makes us happy every day, challenge convention and find humour in everything.”

“I also hope that through Good Story we manage to give other people the chance to succeed in life and earn an income from doing what they love to do.”

The former student of St Benedict’s Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds, had been working at the French resort for a few weeks.

Mr Watts said: “Sadly there isn’t much of an an opportunity to make the pistes any safer, due to the nature of the mountains and the sheer amount of snowfall each day, but hopefully this will make people aware of how something as seemingly harmless as a snowdrift can be so hard to get out of and therefore lethal.

“We can, however, find some comfort in the fact that all parties involved have been so helpful.

“We would like to thank the French mountain rescue team, police and hospital staff, as well as the British man who found her, the ski instructor who called for help and of course all of her wonderful friends.”

1 comment

  • i remember you emily when i lived at lavenham.. thoughts are with you all x

    Report this comment

    Georgina Blair

    Friday, December 14, 2012

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Suffolk police officers are attempting to trace a group seen talking to Corrie McKeague at a pizza takeaway on the night of his disappearance.

Archie Joe Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby. Archie, four months, was killed and Daniel-Jay was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog at their Colchester home.

A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother’s arms by the family dog and mauled to death, an inquest has heard.

Police were called to the crash

A man in his 30s is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash Stowmarket last night.

Ron Harris outside the first home he shared with his wife, Nina, at Shingle Street before the Second World War. Photo supplied for Life on the Edge by the Harris family.

It’s a place with tragedy and mystery in its past – but as many stories of resilient determination to build a community amid its wild and isolated environment.

Corrie McKeague's last ever sighting at 3.24am September 24 2016. CCTV still from Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds. The building in the background is the edge of Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre

A video of the last ever sighting of Corrie McKeague has been released, as four weeks pass with no new leads.

The incident happened near the Orwell Bridge. File photo

Traffic delays on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge in Ipswich have been caused by a crash involving a lorry and a car.

Sandy Jackson - Mark Westley Photography

British Gas has been forced to backtrack after repeatedly billing a 91-year-old great-grandmother for hundreds of pounds more than she owed.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24