A young doctor from Edinburgh has died in a skiing accident while on a family holiday in the French Alps.
William Reid, 25, is thought to have taken a wrong turn before plunging over a 30ft cliff onto concrete below.
The Edinburgh Evening News reported that medics battled in vain to save his life in front of his partner and step-brother.
Mr Reid’s family stated he was “an expert skier but tragically made a split-second error which cost him his life”.
A statement released by his father Dr Hamish Reid, mother Sarah, step-mother Anne, brother Cameron and step-brother Murray, said: “His family were immensely proud of his achievements but more than that they were proud of who William was as a person.
“He was an extremely kind and caring son, brother, step-brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and good friend to so many people.
“William will be missed by so many people, he was an exceptional young man.”
Mr Reid graduated from Aberdeen Medical School with a Bachelor of Medicine and a BSC in Sports Science in 2018.
During his studies he completed a placement at Harvard Medical School where he worked at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Institute in Boston.
Mr Reid met his partner of nearly six-years, Kirsty Summers, while both were first year students at the University of Aberdeen.
His family said they were “utterly devoted to one another” and planned to buy a property together in Edinburgh this year.
The keen footballer and rugby player was undergoing foundation training in Newcastle as he prepared for a future career as a surgeon.
He was due to find out if he had secured a place on the Scottish orthopaedic training programme.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was providing the family assistance.
A FCO spokesperson said: “We are providing assistance to the family of a British man who died in a skiing accident in France, and are in contact with the local authorities.”
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