It seems the driver of the ill-fated tour bus that caught fire in the French Alps over the weekend is not the only one who deserves praise.

It has since emerged that the heroic, or some might say foolhardy, actions of a tour rep saved insurers thousands of pounds.

According to Ken Palmer of Fogg Travel Insurance, the broker for the tour's travel insurance, the rep dashed back to the blazing bus once all had escaped and single-handedly saved the passengers' luggage.

The travel insurers are obviously thrilled at the rep's efforts - indeed he has been sent a reward. But the bus insurers will no doubt be grumbling. After all, why didn't this heroic superman character attempt to put the fire out as well?