British ski death boy ‘named’

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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A seven-year-old boy who died in a French skiing accident has been named in reports as Carwyn Scott-Howell from Wales.

The youngster is thought to have fallen 160 feet after going off-piste on a family holiday in the Alpine resort of Flaine on Friday.

He was skiing with his mother, brother and sister from Talybont-on-Usk in Powys, according to press reports.

Rescuers believe he got lost after asking to ski the final descent of the day himself.

When he failed to make it to the bottom of the slopes his family raised the alarm and his body was found hours later by a helicopter crew.

Local newspaper the Dauphine Libere said the boy appears to have gone off-piste before falling at least 160 feet from a rocky outcrop.

Police chief Patrick Poirot, head of the mountain rescue division in the nearby town of Annecy, said yesterday: ”We think that after losing his parents, the little boy didn’t know where to go and skied in the wrong direction.

”He left the marked ski slope and probably skied to the top of a cliff. He then stopped, removed his skis, walked a little way and then fell.”

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it was providing consular assistance to the family.

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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