Japanese skier dies following Coronet collapse

An 80 year old Japanese skier has died after collapsing at Coronet Peak on Tuesday.

The male skier was part of the Sports Unity group which visits Coronet Peak each season for ski race training. It is believed he fell and possibly sustained a head injury at that time. His helmet was undamaged and there was no immediate evidence of injury.

According to eye witnesses, the man skied to the base of the Rocky Gully T-bar following a 'soft fall'. He was found sitting in the snow, obviously unwell. Ski patrol, a doctor and a translator attended the man who was initially able to communicate but became unresponsive.

The man was evacuated by helicopter to Dunedin where he died yesterday evening.

The man was from Akita, Japan.

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