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£20k bill for snow tragedy
Thursday, 17 August 2006




The families of two British snowboarders killed in an avalanche have been billed £10,200 each for the failed attempt to save them.

Insurers CNA are refusing to pay up in a row over small print.
Experts James Rourke, 26, and Sam Harber, 25, died off-piste at Tignes in the French Alps.

Neither left enough money to cover bills of £9,000 for a rescue helicopter and £1,200 for dog teams.

James’s dad Peter, 52, of Littlehampton, West Sussex, carer to wheelchair-bound wife Anne, 50, said: “It’s disgraceful.”
Sam’s dad Barry Harber, 59, of Lawshall, Suffolk, said: “This makes it even more difficult to move on.”

CNA said the victims ignored signs and weather reports and so exposed themselves to “reasonably foreseeable” danger
Edit: more on this story at Pistehours.com

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