The 38-year-old British man who died in an avalanche on the Swiss Alps yesterday has been identified as a chef from Doncaster.
Jamie Clark was killed when snow engulfed ten people off-piste in Les Attelas area near Verbier at around 10.20am on Monday.
Helicopters, ski patrol and dog teams rushed to the avalanche to save the skiers, but Mr Clark was declared dead at the scene.
The budding chocolatier, originally from South Yorkshire, had been living in Verbier for much of the last decade.
Friends and family took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Clark, who was affectionately known as ‘Fireman Jamie.’
Jamie Clark, 38, from Doncaster, died on Monday morning in an avalanche in Verbier, Switzerland
Mr Clark was a chef who had worked at the Swiss resort for much of the last decade
Jamie Clark, 38, died on Monday in avalanche in Verbier, while an Irishman, 29, was killed in the neighbouring area of Col des Gentianes at Siviez, near Nendaz. The deaths were among eight which took place in the Swiss Alps in the last three days, with other incidents occurring Stoos, Klosters, Engelberg, Lac des Vaux near Verbier, Bernese Oberland and Rochers de Naye
In a Facebook post, one person said: ‘Jamie would want us all to get together – to meet & most of all DANCE!!!!! Love you all.
‘My deepest condolences to his family.
‘I’d been in regular contact & he was loving life in Verbier & happy healthy. Sad freak accident.’
A second person posted: ‘RIP Jamie Clark. A True OG #originaltoastcrew.’
While on Instagram another person posted a tribute to Mr Clark which said: ‘Our world won’t be as bright. But the sky burned for you last night…the most beautiful sunset on the most beautiful soul.’
The avalanche happened below the Attelas ski lift area when snow came loose.
The local police force said: ‘At around 10.20am, a skier was driving down a corridor below the “Attelas” area.
‘A snow drift came loose and carried the skier as well as another person who had been further down at the time. The flow then buried eight other skiers who were even lower.’
Helicopters and dog teams were deployed to locate the people caught in the incident.
All ten of the people caught by the avalanche were wearing GPS locators and emergency services were able to dig out all of the group members.
However, Mr Clark was declared dead at the scene.
Another person found by the emergency services was airlifted to hospital in the nearby town of Sion.
The risk for the area that day was three out of five, meaning there was ‘considerable’ danger.
In a Facebook post, one person said: ‘Jamie would want us all to get together – to meet & most of all DANCE!!!!! Love you all’ (pictured: Mr Clark playing a ukulele)
Posts of Mr Clark from social media. He had been living in Verbier for the last decade
A 29-year-old Irishman, who was part of a group of three skiers, was also killed in an avalanche on Monday in the neighbouring area of Col des Gentianes at Siviez near Nendaz.
The deaths of Mr Clark and the Irishman are two of eight to occur across multiple avalanches since Saturday, with other incidents occurring at Stoos, Klosters, Engelberg, Lac des Vaux near Verbier, Bernese Oberland and Rochers de Naye.
On Sunday, a Swedish man, aged 46, was also killed near the Verbier resort after agreeing to meet his children on the Lac des Vaux area.
He was transported to hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Elsewhere a skier was killed after being caught in an avalanche in the Bernese Oberland, near the resort of Gstaad.
The skier had been in a group of three but had been left covered over by the snow. They were rescued but later died in hospital.
Meanwhile in the Rochers de Naye region above the town of Veytaux four people aged between 19 and 21 were skiing off piste when they were caught up in an avalanche.
Two of the group attempted to dig the other group members out from the snow but were only able to find one other person.
A British man is one of eight people who have been killed in the Swiss Alps following a series of avalanches (stock image)
A search dog helped locate the fourth group member who later died in hospital.
On average, 25 people are killed each year in avalanches in Switzerland, according to public health data dating up to 2014.
Many ski resorts across Europe have been forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic, however, those in Switzerland have been allowed to remain open.
Verbier hit headlines last month after it emerged more than 200 Brits had fled during the night to avoid strict Covid quarantine rules.