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Amelia Shaw

Climber who was due to get married killed in mountain fall

A talented outdoor enthusiast was killed when he was badly injured in a fall in Snowdonia, an inquest heard. Outdoor instructor Thomas Furey was found dead at the foot of Cneifion Arete having sustained "multiple injuries" in a fall.

The 30-year-old, from Bwlchgwyn in Wrexham, had been staying in Bethesda and went scrambling in Snowdonia on the morning of June 11, a coroner was told. Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue crews and a coastguard helicopter were called at around 11.30am after two climbers spotted Mr Furey at the foot of the route. He was given first aid before being airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd but was pronounced dead upon arrival, NorthWalesLive reports.

An inquest into his death was opened on Wednesday in Caernarfon. Acting senior coroner Katie Sutherland adjourned the inquest pending further investigations. She said: "Following a post-mortem a provisional cause of death has been given as multiple injuries. Given the traumatic nature of the provisional cause of death an inquest will be conducted but adjourned pending completion of further investigations."

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Following his death Mr Furey's fiancée Katie Simmons posted a tribute to her partner on Facebook which said: "My fiancé, my soulmate, my person, the absolute love of my life sadly passed away on June 11 following a climbing accident. We cherished every day we had together, never missed a moment, and told each other how much we loved each other every day. We are all unbelievably shocked and absolutely heartbroken but he was doing something he loved and that is what's important.

"You inspired so many people in the climbing and mountaineering world but also in everyday life and unbelievably in the watersports world too. We were all so lucky to have you come into our lives! I promise to fulfil our dreams Tom! I will love you forever! I'm so so sorry!" Miss Simmons also included a link to a fundraiser for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team.


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