Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 27°C

min temp: 16°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.

shares

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.”

shares

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

The coffin of Stuart Cullen is carried from the RAF C-17 at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

The body of Suffolk man Stuart Cullen, one of 38 people killed in the Tunisian terror attack, has been returned to Britain today.

The incident happened on the A12

A lane on the A12 at the Foxhall roundabout near Martlesham was blocked following a three-vehicle crash.

Bolts of lightning during the storms above Ipswich in the early hours of Saturday, pictured by Tina Boniface

Fierce lightning storms swept over Suffolk and Essex last night.

John McGuire

A 25-year-old man who went missing from a mental health unit in Colchester has been found safe and well.

A broken down train has blocked the Marks Tey to Sudbury route

A broken down train has forced services between Sudbury and Marks Tey to be suspended – with delays expected for the rest of the day.

National Lottery winners pictured helping out on a build at Black Notley Community Association in Braintree, Essex. Pictured are the team working hard in the sunshine to complete the job.

Lottery winners with a combined worth of £25million mucked in to help create a holiday haven in Black Notley.

Suffolk county councillor Lisa Chambers

More than 90% of parents in Suffolk have had their first-choice places accepted for their children starting school this September, it has been revealed.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Train services have returned to normal between Ipswich and Felixstowe this evening following problems caused by a broken down train.

Actor, Dudley Sutton, who plays William Makepeace in Emmerdale and was Tinker in Lovejoy, will be exhibiting his art work at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout.

Perhaps best known for his long and distinguished acting career, Dudley Sutton harbours myriad other talents – some of which are displayed on the coast today.

The police helicopter was deployed to help the search.

Police have urged the public not to approach a man who has been missing from a mental health hospital since Friday evening.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages