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Fiancee pays tribute to rock-fall instructor.

Byline: AARAN LENNOX newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

THE fiancee of an "inspiring" outdoor instructor who died after a significant fall while climbing in Snowdonia has paid a touching tribute to the "absolute love of her life".

Tom Furey sustained "very serious injuries" in the incident at Cneifion Arete, near Llanberis, on Saturday.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue crews and a coastguard helicopter were called at about 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 died.

Katie Simmons has since paid tribute to her fiance, saying: "He was doing something he loved and that is what's important."

Taking to social media to share her heartbreak, she said: "My fiance, 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!"

Ms Simmons also included a link to a fundraiser for Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team which has raised more than PS2,600.

In an earlier statement the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team said they arrived and said it was "evident that a climber had taken a significant fall and sustained very serious injuries". The rescue team added: "At around 11.30am 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.

"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."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 15, 2022
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