10-year-old girl from Colerne dies skiing with her family
A 10-year-old girl from Colerne has been killed in a skiing tragedy while on holiday with her family.
Jemima Prees died after loosing control while skiing with her father and brother at the popular Mayrhofen resort in the Austrian Alps.
Witnesses said Jemima was unable to stop and is believed to have hit a tree in an off-piste area at the resort near Tirol.
Her father and brother are understood to have rushed to help Jemima who was treated at the scene by paramedics.
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Jemima was flown to hospital in Innsbruck by helicopter shortly after the accident on Sunday but later died.
One of the mountain rescuers, who was first at the scene, said Jemima was wearing a helmet.
Police in Mayrhofen said the family was on the last run of the day when the tragedy happened.
One local skier, who was on the slopes at the time, said: "I saw a child leave the piste at a very fast speed."
Her father Tim is a lawyer specialising in Personal Dispute Resolution and Employment Law.
He qualified in Bath in 1988 and practiced at two large commercial practices in Bristol before joining Wansbroughs in Devizes in 1997 and became a partner in 2006.
Jemima's mother Karen has been a GP in Batheaston for more than 15 years.
A spokesman at Wansbroughs solicitors in Devizes said the firm were all "absolutely devastated".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim, Karen and their family at this time."
A spokeswoman for Batheaston Medical Centre described Jemima's death as a "tragedy".
She said: "We are all extremely upset and deeply saddened by the news that unfolds about the tragedy involving the daughter of one of our GPs.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at such a difficult time."
The family are part of the Colerne Amateur Operatic Society.