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Ski Death: British Teen Wrote Of Excitement
A British teenager who was killed in an avalanche while skiing with his triplet brother in Austria wrote of his excitement about the trip days before the tragedy.
Cameron Bespolka, 16, died near the exclusive resort of Lech am Arlberg while out with his father and brother, and a ski guide.
The boy's brother, Nick, escaped unhurt but his father Kevin, 51, was seriously injured and remains in intensive care in hospital in the nearby town of Feldkirch.
Cameron's triplet sister, Megan, was not skiing with the party.
Austrian police say the ski guide faces criminal prosecution because an avalanche warning was in place on the day of the accident.
Cameron, who was a keen birdwatcher, had written on Twitter of his hopes for the holiday.
Before setting off on Friday, he tweeted: "And now for Heathrow!! Should be a nice relaxing week."
On Saturday he wrote: "Had a lovely day today, with mega views of a golden eagle. Not much else birdwise, tho loving the snow!"
A police spokesman said Cameron and his father, from Winchester, Hampshire, were buried in deep snow.
"The ski guide was able to get away from the avalanche and immediately after he called rescue teams," the spokesman said.
"He then started trying to free the two who were buried. The rescue team finally rescued the father and got the boy out some time later."
The spokesman added: "The instructor will face a criminal investigation. It will be investigated if he could have or should have avoided the accident.
"He was a guide, so there should have been no problem. The whole group was properly equipped with avalanche equipment."
An avalanche warning of one, the least serious level on a scale up to four, was in place on the day of the accident.
Pia Herbst, from the Lech am Arlberg Tourism Board, defended the 39-year-old guide.
She said: "He is a very good guide and he has a lot of experience. He has the highest level of education you can have in skiing and he didn't do anything wrong."
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