Mid Wales

Carwyn Scott-Howell: 'No warning signs' where ski boy fell

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Media captionCarwyn Scott-Howells' godmother Lucy England said there was a 'gaping hole' in the family's lives

A mid Wales child fell to his death on a French skiing trip after entering an area with no warning signs, an inquest has heard.

Carwyn Scott-Howell, seven, from Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, was on a family holiday in the French Alps in April when he fell 50m (160ft) off a cliff.

Gwent coroner David Bowen ruled his death was accidental on Wednesday.

Carwyn's family said the death should "never have happened" and had left a "huge hole" in their lives.

Speaking after the inquest in Newport, Carwyn's godmother Lucy England said: "Our lives were torn apart by the death of Carwyn in an accident that should never have happened.

"We as a family are still coming to terms with that day."

Image caption Carwyn Scott-Howell's family outside the coroner's court in Newport

She added: "Had signs been in place we believe Carwyn would still be here today. A huge hole has been left in our lives."

The inquest heard Carwyn was an experienced skier for his age.

His mother, Ceri, said he was only 20m (65ft) ahead of her, during the final run of the family's week-long trip to Flaine, when she last saw him.

'Smiled and waved'

"He turned around and smiled and waved," she said.

Carwyn became separated from his family when Mrs Scott-Howell stopped to help his nine-year-old sister Antonia, who had lost a ski.

Having initially stopped, he then skied on and became lost off-piste, the inquest heard.

In trying to return on foot, it is believed he started to slide down the mountain and fell over a cliff. His body was found on a ledge 50m (160ft) below.

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Image caption Cawryn-Howell had been skiing four times in the 14 months before his death

Mrs Scott-Howell told the inquest Carwyn was familiar with the signs used on ski slopes and would not have gone into an area which was marked as dangerous.

She said there were no warning signs in the area where Carwyn was found to have gone.

'Mission'

The coroner recorded a conclusion of accidental death.

Reading out the family's statement after the hearing, Carwyn's godmother said the family would return to Flaine to campaign for signs to be erected.

"Nothing can bring our little boy home but it will be our mission to ensure no other family suffers this way," she said.

Ms England spoke of Carwyn's love for his sister and elder half-brother Gerwyn, 18.

Carwyn's father Rhys Scott-Howell was also present at the hearing.

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