Seven British Teenagers on School Trip Involved in Fistfight with German Father and Son Over Lift Line Etiquette

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A fistfight broke out in Obertauern, Austria as seven British teenagers fought with a German man and his son after a row about who should get on a gondola first.

The brawl erupted as the people got off the lift. Punches were thrown and ski poles used as weapons, leaving the 16-year old son of the 51-year old German man with a broken arm. Initial reports suggest the German teenager was responsible for starting the row, but this has not been confirmed.

The two groups were on the same 10-person gondola and allegedly argued inside during the four-minute journey up the mountain. As they disembarked the gondola, fighting ensued outside the lift and was broken up by a passing ski instructor and one of the chaperones of the British school children.

The children were aged 15 to 16-years old and on an annual school ski trip. The police have questioned all those involved and are now considering whether charges will be made.


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