A British girl has died after falling off a chairlift while on a ski trip in Claviere, Italy.

The 13-year-old had travelled to the Piedmont resort on the French-Italian border as part of a school trip and, although she is said to have survived the initial seven-metre drop from the lift, she suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to hospital and was pronounced dead by ambulance staff.

Regional police commissioner Francesco Destro speculated that the barrier on the lift may not have been pulled into place.

He said: ‘The ski lift was moving very fast and rising when she fell and it’s possible the group did not properly pull the protective bars down.

‘She fell from the point where she mounted the ski lift, and just before it crosses a river, from a height of up to 24ft.

‘I cannot recall another accident like this here. It is possible…

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