Teaching assistant dies after plunging 330ft in French Alps
A TEACHING assistant has died after plunging 330ft while on a walking holiday in the French Alps.
Felicity Ward, also known as Fizz, was a teaching assistant for special needs youngsters.
The 52-year-old is believed to have plunged to her death while hiking alone in the Valjouffrey valley in the Isere region of eastern France.
Mrs Ward worked at the St Peter's Church of England Junior School in Tavistock. A statement posted on the school's website read: "We regret to inform you that Mrs Fizz Ward has died tragically during a walking holiday in France.
"Although we are awaiting more information from the relevant authorities, if anyone wishes to send cards of condolence please send them care of the school and we will ensure they are forwarded to her family.
"Fizz was a much respected and valued member of staff who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time."
Sue Weatherhead, deputy head of Tavistock Church Schools Federation, said: "She was a teaching assistant and very dear colleague. She was highly professional, very enthusiastic and she will be very hard shoes to fill."
According to reports, Mrs Ward – who was actively involved in local sporting events in the Tavistock area – tumbled off a steep path leading up to the Col De Vaurze, and fell around 330ft.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We were made aware on August 14, 2013, of the death of a British national in France. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this sad time."
A local mountain police spokesman told one national newspaper that the fact there had been no emergency call "makes it clear she was out walking alone".
Walkers discovered her body at around 8am on the Wednesday morning.