A young female snowboarder from Poland died on the evening of January 31 at the Jasná ski resort after falling under a snow-grooming vehicle, the TASR newswire was told by the marketing manager of the ski resort, Katarína Sarafinová.
The snowboarder, along with several friends, had remained on a ski slope that they were supposed to have left some time before the incident took place.
According to witnesses, the young woman was under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants at the time of the incident.
“It’s assumed that her intoxication was the reason why she suddenly jumped onto the rear part of the machine as it was grooming the slope. She then slipped and fell into its path,” said Sarafinová.
Despite receiving immediate assistance from the mountain rescue service while she was still breathing and conscious, the woman lapsed into unconsciousness. The rescuers attempted to resuscitate her but without success.
“This tragedy warns ski resort visitors that the rules should be respected and that ski slopes shouldn't be used during evening maintenance. It’s also dangerous to consume alcoholic drinks or other intoxicants excessively when skiing,” added Sarafinová. The incident is being investigated by the police. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Feb 2009 at 14:00