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Woman heartbroken after 'inspiring' fiancé fell to his death 'doing what he loved'

An "inspiring" outdoor instructor died after a "significant fall" from a Snowdonia climbing spot.

Tom Furey sustained "very serious injuries" at Cneifion Arete near Llanberis on Saturday, said Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

Rescue crews and a coastguard helicopter were called at roughly 11.30am after two climbers spotted him at the foot of the route, North Wales Live reports.

Mr Furey received first aid while the climbers who informed the rescue team were brought back down to safety. He was airlifted to hospital but died.

His fiancée Katie Simmons has since paid tribute to the "absolute love of her life", saying: "He was doing something he loved and that is what's important."

Writing on social media, she said: "My fiancé, my soul mate, my person, the absolute love of my life sadly passed away on June 11th following a climbing accident.

Tom inspired people "in everyday life and unbelievably in the watersports world too" said his fiancée (Katie Simmo Simmons/Facebook)

"We cherished everyday we had together, never missed a moment and told each other how much we loved each other everyday.

"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!"

Katie added: "I promise to fulfil our dreams Tom! I will love you for ever!"

She included a link to a fundraiser for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team, which has already raised over £2,100.

In an earlier statement, the crew said a local outdoor instructor with "many friends in the rescue community" had died.

The rescue team said: "At around 1130 a pair of climbers intending to climb the Cneifion Arete reported finding a man's body at the foot of the climb. The team deployed to site and conducted first aid while the informants were brought down to base.

It is the second time this month that a climber has died in Snowdonia (Glyder Fach pictured) (Getty Images/Cavan Images RF)

"The Coastguard helicopter landed in the cwm and the casualty was lifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd as fast as possible but sadly did not survive.

"During the follow up, it was discovered the casualty was a local outdoor instructor with many friends in the rescue community including some on site, our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

It is the second time this month that a climber has died in Snowdonia, after a woman thought to have been in her 50s and from Cheshire fatally fell 3,000 feet. The tragic incident occurred on a chasm route at Glyder Fach on June 2.

She was found unconscious when nearby climbers tried to help her, before she was flown to the mountain rescue team base.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue were alerted to the incident at 2:30pm, and winched her onto a Coastguard helicopter, but air ambulance medics were sadly unable to save her.

The woman was climbing with a partner at the time, who was assisted on her way down and supported by members of the mountain rescue team following the incident.

At around the same time, rescue volunteers were called to another climber in her 30s who descended from the top of 3,000ft Tryfan down the tricky West Face - getting stuck at a notorious accident spot.

The coastguard helicopter crew spotted the woman and the rescue team used ropes to save her.

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