Inquest held into boy’s Alps death

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Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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The seven-year-old who died while skiing in the French Alps had injuries consistent with a fall from a height, an inquest has heard.

Newport Coroner’s Court heard that Carwyn Rhys Scott Howell became separated from his family while out in the snow in Flaine.

His body was later found on a mountain ledge and was later formally identified by his mother.

Mrs James said an external examination of the deceased was carried out by consultant pathologist Geraint Evans – who found injuries Carwyn sustained in the fall were “sufficient to account for his death”.

Following the brief hearing an interim death certificate was issued, which means Carwyn’s family can now begin his funeral arrangements.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Carwyn’s mum and dad Ceri and Rhys said there was never a dull moment around thanks to their son.

In a statement, the couple from Talybont-on-Usk near Brecon, said: “He was a very daring outgoing determined little boy whose handsome smile lit up any room and made life full of laughter with never a dull moment. Seven years is too short a time to be an angel in the sky.

“Carwyn was a very competent skier and snowboarder who had started skiing at the age of three and spent several weeks each year skiing. We had spent the most happy ski holiday together in the French ski resort of Flaine.”

Carwyn’s inquest is set to re-open on June 22.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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