Island man died after Alps fall

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Island man died after Alps fall

Isle of Wight man Jamie Rolfe, who died in France. Picture courtesy of the Rolfe family.

A YOUNG man who 'lived life to the full’ was killed when he fell 50ft into a ravine in the French Alps, an inquest on the Isle of Wight heard yesterday (Monday).

Chalet host Jamie Rolfe, 27, was working in France, when he died near the ski resort of Les Deux Alps, after a night out with friends in January 2011.

Mr Rolfe, a former Carisbrooke High School pupil, had visited several bars after finishing his shift and elected to walk home from a friend’s chalet, assistant coroner Hugh Calloway heard.

A search was launched after Mr Rolfe failed to arrive for work the next day and a helicopter eventually spotted his body near a cliff known as 'The Edge of the World’, the inquest heard.

A post mortem revealed he had died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Island assistant coroner Hugh Calloway concluded Mr Rolfe’s death was accidental.

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