David Tapsfield: Tyneside skier dies in French Alps

A British man has died after plunging 2,000ft (600m) while skiing in the French Alps.

David Tapsfield, believed to be from North Tyneside, was skiing with a friend on Mont Buet in the Chamonix area of France at about 10,000ft (3,000m).

"He passed through a ledge of snow and fell 600m on the north face," mountain rescue staff said.

His friend, Lorne Cameron, originally from Glasgow, survived unharmed.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident, which happened on Tuesday.

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