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Carwyn Scott-Howell: Family campaign for ski warning signs

Carwyn Scott-Howell Image copyright Family photo

The family of a Powys boy who died on a skiing holiday are campaigning for improved piste warning signs in Europe.

Carwyn Scott-Howell, seven, from Talybont-on-Usk, was skiing in the French Alps when he fell 50m (160ft) off a cliff in April 2015.

His mother Ceri Scott-Howell believes a lack of signage was to blame after her son mistakenly went off the piste.

"I do feel people need to be aware of it and it needs never to happen again," she said.

Mrs Scott-Howell told BBC Radio Wales' Jason Mohammad programme Carwyn was an experienced skier for his age, having skied from the age of three, and was aware not to go off the slopes.

He became separated from his family when she 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.

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Image caption Carwyn Scott-Howell was an experienced skier for his age

"I didn't think there was anything to worry about at the time because I thought it was all safe and signposted up there," she said.

"Only after, when I could not find him... and managed to get some of the ski people who were having an end of year party, as soon as I told them they knew where he was.

"They knew the area and they raised the alarm.

"Even just a simple cross, Carwyn would have known he wasn't to go [there].

"It's not on the map, there's not a danger notice."

Mrs Scott-Howell described her son as an "adventurous" boy who was the "life and soul" of the family farm.

"It's every other day, the difficulty is. It's getting up in the morning on the days when you have nobody and your friends have all gone back to their work, their lives," she said.

"It's part of you missing. He is missed in the family so much."

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