Hamble yacht coach caught in Alpine avalanche

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A FORMER Olympic sailing coach is reported to have died in hospital after a skiing accident in the French Alps.

David Robinson and his wife Christine were caught in an avalanche in the upmarket resort of Val D'Isere on Boxing Day.

Mr Robinson, from Hamble, suffered a heart attack when he was buried under 3ft of snow for 20 minutes. His 50 year-old wife was able to trigger her avalanche airbag in time and got away unscathed.

The BBC reported that Ms Hughes managed to activate a safety airbag and was dug out by the couple's ski guide, Wayne Watson.

The BBC report said that, writing on his blog, Mr Watson said: 'I am so sorry to tell you that David passed away this afternoon with his wife Chrissy and best friend Keith by his side.

'As you can imagine it's been the worst 36-hours imaginable and it's going to take a long time to come to terms with.'

Mr Robinson is the managing director of a sail-making company. His son Jeremy is an international sailor currently competing in the Hobart Yacht Race in Sydney, Australia.