It’s the fifth anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident, and the commander of the mountain constabulary Stephane Bozon has brought out some information about the devastating accident.
The seven-time Formula 1 world champion was skiing before he hit a rock and suffered severe damage to his brain.
Nowadays, he is recovering by having treatment at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.
It is now exactly five years since the incident, and Bozon, who was responsible for coordinating the rescue operation, remembers the aftermath vividly.
Bozon was one of the first people on the scene, and told the German outlet Focus, as per The Mirror: "The first responders only said that because the accident site was next to the slope, it was difficult for them to transport him carefully and cautiously.
“I still remember that the emergency doctors of the helicopter had problems with the first care on the slopes because of the location of the accident.
"It was clear that it was very serious, otherwise we would not have used the helicopter. Mr Schumacher was lucky."
One thing that did come out from Bozon was that Schumacher was skiing outside of the parameter areas, meaning that he was skiing off the usual course.
Bozon continued: "The operator of the ski resort is not at fault. Because if you go off the slopes, it is at your own risk.”
That’s the risk that Schumacher took and it ended badly by ending up in intensive care in hospital following the dramatic accident.
Bozon recalls seeing the stone that made the German Formula 1 star crash whilst on the slopes, and said: "I saw the stone Schumacher encountered with his skis and the stone he hit with his head.
“The special thing was that it had snowed so little in the days before that the stones were slightly covered with snow, but only with a very thin blanket of snow. He could not see the stone. But if it had snowed more, Schumacher would probably just have glided over the first stone.”
Bozon feels deeply upset over the accident and was wanting the public to know this information from the start and not five years on.
There haven’t been many updates on Schumacher’s health over the last few years, but hopefully fans will receive one in the near future.
He was very shaken, but that’s what you will expect when you go onto a rescue mission to get a seven-time Formula One world champion out of the snow.