Tragedy on ski slopes in France

Jeremy Salvesen
Jeremy Salvesen

The community in Elie has been united in shock and sympathy following the tragic death of well-known businessman Jeremy Salvesen.

Mr Salvesen, who was part of the diverse Christian Salvesen empire, died on Thursday after a skiing accident in the French Alps.

The 51-year-old father of four lived in the East Neuk village and was well known for his wide-ranging business interests and his fondness for sailing and adventure.

It’s understood he got into difficulty on a ski run at the La Clusaz resort, falling and striking his head on a rock, suffering serious injuries.

Mr Salvesen was taken by helicopter around 1.30 p.m. to a hospital in nearby Annecy, where he died shortly after arrival.

In a statement, his family said they were “devastated” by his death, while he was skiing on a beautiful day with a large family group.

They said they took comfort from knowing he was doing something he loved “with a big smile on his face”.

“As always, Jeremy was pushing himself to the limit. His life has been a wonderful adventure and we treasure all our memories of him.

“We want to thank everyone at La Clusaz and at Annecy who did everything they could for Jeremy.

“In particular, we want to thank the expert medical professionals who cared for him.”

Back in Elie, villagers felt it would be inappropriate to comment at such a sad time for Mr Salvesen’s relatives.

One local businessman said: “It’s quite a sensitive time for us – it’s very sad, and it’s a difficult time for the family.

“He was a good friend.”

Tributes to Mr Salvesen were also posted on Facebook.