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  • 6 January 2014, 4:16

Schumacher Investigators Seek 'Fall' Video

French investigators want to get hold of a mobile phone video that apparently captures the moment Michael Schumacher hit a rock while skiing, leaving him fighting for his life.

The footage was taken by a 35-year-old flight attendant who said he was filming his girlfriend on the slopes when he inadvertently videoed the Formula One star's fall in the background.

A blurred figure, believed to be Schumacher, was apparently seen travelling off-piste at a "leisurely pace" of up to 20kph (12mph) before he fell, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

Schumacher's head struck a rock in the French Alps and he was left in a critical condition in hospital.

The publication, which said it had seen the footage, claimed the air steward contacted the magazine and plans to hand over the video to prosecutors in Albertville.

Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said investigators are taking steps to obtain a copy of the video.

The magazine said the witness' view that he was going up to 20kph supports a claim by the former Formula One world champion's manager Sabine Kehm that he was not travelling fast.

Ms Kehm also claimed that before the accident, the German sports star had been helping a friend who had fallen in the snow in the resort of Meribel.

There had initially been speculation that Schumacher may have been going at up to 100kph (60mph) after it was revealed that his helmet had split on impact.

Meanwhile, a camera reportedly attached to the helmet was being examined in the hope it will reveal more about the circumstances of his accident.

Authorities are checking the device and Ms Kehm said the helmet had been handed over to authorities "voluntarily".

The seven-time world champion, who turned 45 on Friday, suffered a serious head injury in the accident in December 29.

He is in a medically-induced coma in a Grenoble hospital and his condition remains "critical but stable".

Schumacher, known affectionately as Schumi by fans, is the most successful F1 driver in history, racking up a record 91 race wins. He retired for a second time in 2012.

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