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Mum's anguish over schoolboy Carwyn Scott-Howell's death on ski slope

By Staff Reporter

Published 13/04/2015

Carwyn Scott-Howell died after falling down a cliff in the French Alps resort of Flaine
Carwyn Scott-Howell died after falling down a cliff in the French Alps resort of Flaine

The devastated mother whose son was killed in the French Alps was tending to her daughter on a ski slope when she lost sight of her son, according to preliminary investigations.

Carwyn Scott-Howell, who was aged seven, was skiing with his nine-year-old sister Antonia and their mother, Ceri (44) on a gentle piste.

According to initial police investigations, reported by local media, Antonia fell on the piste.

While Mrs Scott-Howell was helping her, Carwyn, a competent skier, continued his descent.

A few minutes later, Mrs Scott-Howell and her daughter reached the end of the slope but Carwyn had disappeared.

Police believe the youngster ventured off the ski run and ended up in woodland where he became disorientated and plunged down a cliff to his death.

Investigators dismissed reports that the little boy had been alone on the piste having asked permission from his mother to ski the last run on his own.

A local newspaper, the Dauphine Libere, had said the boy appears to have gone off-piste before falling at least 160ft from a rocky outcrop.

But police commander Michel Ollagnon said: "The statements from the family have established that they had been all together."

The family was on a skiing holiday in the resort of Flaine.

It was their last day on the slopes before they were due to return to their home in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

Mr Ollagnon said: "For a reason not yet determined, the child left the piste and was on a trail in the woods. It seems that the little boy liked skiing in the trees.

"He took off his skis at the top of a cliff. He probably panicked."

The tragedy happened last Friday on the family's last run of the holiday.

Rescuers recovered the little boy's body three-and-a-half hours later.

His body was found by a helicopter crew.

Mrs Scott-Howell, a former nurse from Talybont-on-Usk in Powys, had taken Carwyn and his brother Gerwyn (19) and sister to the resort.

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

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