Skiing accident in Swiss Alps claims life of Yorkshire environmental scientist

A scientist from Sheffield has died after falling while skiing in the Swiss Alps.

Catriona Neath, 32, a former graduate of both Sheffield and Leeds universities, was on a ski touring holiday with her fiancé when she fell down a snowy slope while on a peak in the Bernina Range near the border with Italy.

She was seriously hurt in the accident on April 10 and died at a hospital in the town of Chur the following day.

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Ms Neath and partner Peter Davies, 34, from Hunters Bar, Sheffield, had been returning to the mountain hut where they were staying during their tour of the Italian-Swiss Alps.

Originally from Edinburgh, Ms Neath worked as an environmental scientist with multinational design and consulting firm Arup.

She graduated from Leeds University with a masters degree in geochemistry after previously receiving an honours degree in physical geography from Sheffield University.

Ms Neath had also carried out humanitarian work in Africa helping to provide clean water in the Ashanti region of Ghana.

In a statement aid charity Ashanti Development, said: “Cat was one of the first of our volunteers. We are all so very sorry to hear this news.”

The funeral will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh on Saturday.