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Wednesday, 8 March, 2000, 20:54 GMT
Scout leaders sacked after accident
Snowdon rescue workers
Rescue workers were called out after the scout fell 600ft.
The Scout Association has sacked two scout leaders involved in the trip which ended in the death of a 10-year-old boy on Snowdon.

Jonathan Attwell died while coming down from Snowdon on a scout trip last year.

The Scout Association has confirmed the two scout leaders Mathew Wilson and Peter Finlay were sacked after a local management meeting.

They said it was inappropriate for the leaders should continue.
Jonathan Attwell
Jonathan Attwell died on a scout trip last year.
Jonathan died last October while on his first walking expedition.

He was with a group of scouts from the Bristol area. At an inquest into the boy's death last month the coroner was told that the group had been taken on a route which was entirely unsuitable.

The coroner said at the end of the inquest that he had come close giving a verdict of unlawful killing.

The boy's family are suing the Scout Association for negligence following the accident.

Scout Association spokesman John Fogg said: "The Scout Association has confirmed that the appointments of both the scout leaders involved have been withdrawn.
Christopher Oliver
Christopher Oliver, fell to his death climbing Snowdon
"The withdrawal was made after the two leaders concerned met their local management. At the end of that meeting, local management felt it inappropriate that they should continue."

Jonathan's death was followed a week later by another tragedy for the association in Snowdonia.

Scoutmaster Christopher Oliver, 35, died after falling down a gully on Cader Idris.

The association has said it is overhauling its outdoor activity rules following the two deaths.

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