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Cameron Bespolka named as boy killed in Alps avalanche

Lech am Arlberg
Image caption Cameron Bespolka was skiing in the Austrian resort of Lech am Arlberg at the time of the avalanche

A British schoolboy killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps has been named.

Cameron Bespolka, from Winchester, died while skiing off piste with his father and triplet brother at the resort of Lech am Arlberg on Tuesday.

Cameron, 16, a student at Winchester College, was described as "gentle, kind and talented".

Austrian police said the accident, involving a group of three and an instructor, was under investigation.

Cameron died at the scene having become buried under snow.

'Impish humour'

His father, 51, was seriously injured and flown to hospital. His brother escaped unhurt.

Police confirmed all those in the group had safety equipment including an avalanche airbag backpack, probes and shovels.

The instructor, who received minor injuries, managed to dig himself free from the snow about 150m (500ft) from the accident site to raise the alarm.

In a statement, the headmaster of Winchester College Ralph Townsend described Cameron as "popular with staff and pupils alike".

"Patient and caring, he put people immediately at their ease. He also had an impish and dry sense of humour," said Dr Townsend.

Cameron, who also had a younger sister, had interests including bird watching, tennis and cross-country running.

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