Skiing tragedy inquest ruling

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THE father of a man who died while skiing on Christmas Day spoke of his heartbreak - as an inquest failed to provide the answers he sought.

Peter Jackson, aged 70, of Matlock, had hoped the inquest would explain how his son, 43, fell to his death on Christmas Day 2009.

Coroner Caroline Sumeray recorded a narrative verdict, noting the circumstances of the death without pinpointing how it happened.

The cause of death was given as possible suffocation with or without hypothermia.

The court was told of apparent safety failures at the resort without further explanation of how Nigel died.

He was skiing in the French Alps when he disappeared. He was found buried under snow in a ravine on Mont Blanc.

Peter said: “I won’t let what happened to Nigel go and I will fight to warn others of possible dangers. Even if it saves one life it will have been worth it.”