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Alps Drowning: Teenager Dies In Pool Accident
A British teenager has drowned in a swmming pool after a night out in a French ski resort.
Lucy Sallis became trapped under a pool cover after jumping into the water in Alpe d'Huez, according to reports.
The 19-year-old from Bognor Regis, West Sussex is believed to have been drinking with friends before they decided to climb over a wall around a municipal pool and go for a swim.
Her friends reportedly tried to revive her after finding her body under the cover but their efforts were in vain.
Local police said they believed she had got into trouble because there was not enough oxygen between the water and the pool cover.
A police spokesman said: "She was with a friend and they decided to go swimming. They climbed over a big fence around the pool shortly before 5am.
"The pool is divided into two parts - a small basin and a bigger one which are joined together. The small one was not covered.
"They swam in the smaller area but then the girl wanted to swim in the other section.
"Because the pool cover touched the water, we think she drowned as there was no air between the cover and the water."
A post-mortem examination is expected to confirm the cause of Miss Sallis's death on Friday.
The teenager had been employed by a company called Skibound, working in the kitchen at the resort's Belle Aurore hotel.
A spokesman for the company said: "All our efforts are focused on ensuring they are supported in any way possible through this very difficult time.
"The company's operations centre received notification from the resort manager in the early hours of the morning on January 30 that a female body was found in the municipal outdoor swimming pool.
"The rescue team from the French emergency services arrived at the scene and CPR was given, but unfortunately they were unable to resuscitate the body."
Tributes were paid to the teenager on Twitter, describing her as "the most perfect girl".
One read: "If that doesn't show you how short life is I dunno what does."
Another friend wrote: "Rest in peace beautiful Lucy Sallis. She was such a beautiful girl, praying for my best friend and her family right now! xxxxx."