A British man has died in the early hours of a New Year’s Eve in an avalanche, leaving his family devastated and leaving friends mourning.
The 29-year-old man was a graduate student at the University of Bath who had been studying at the time of the accident, which occurred in the village of Birbhum in the North East of England.
According to local media reports, the man, from the village, had been skiing at the nearby town of Birbin before his skiing partner was struck by a fallen tree branch, killing him instantly.
The family of the victim, who is believed to be from the Birbham area, said the man had been staying with his family in the nearby village of Bairns, which is located about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the avalanche site.
The deceased man’s wife was also believed to have been skiing with the couple, the News of the World reported.
Birbhus police were called to the scene, where a man had died from his injuries.
It is believed the man and his partner were not wearing safety equipment at the scene and had fallen off the snow.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The cause of death is yet to be determined.