A five year old from North London was playing near a ski lift while on holiday in the Pyrenees when a snowplough driver failed to spot him. The machine covered the child in a pile of snow, and his heart stopped as his father, brother and other skiers frantically fought to free him.
The unconscious boy was taken to hospital from the Spanish resort, but died after 11 days in intensive care. The driver, who could face manslaughter charges, told investigators he was clearing a path to the chair lift and did not see the boy playing nearby.
Freddy, who lived in Islington, North London, with his British father, Spanish mother and two brothers, spent about a minute under the snow before he was freed.
The tragedy happened on February 25 at the Baqueira Beret ski resort in the Aran Valley, in the province of Lleida at the heart of the Pyrenees. It is Spain’s biggest winter resort. The snowplough was being driven by a worker from the resort. Resort staff desperately tried to revive the boy while they waited for paramedics to arrive. He was taken by helicopter to the nearby Vielha Hospital before being transferred to the Purpan Hospital in Toulouse, France, where he later died.