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Funeral for sand tunnel teenager

Craig Owen
Craig Owen was on a family holiday when the tragedy struck

Hundreds of mourners wearing Wales rugby shirts have paid their last respects to a teenager who died when a sand tunnel collapsed on him.

Craig Owen, 16, from Brymbo, Wrexham, died after becoming trapped 5ft (1.52m) underneath several tonnes of sand at Cefn Sidan beach in Carmarthenshire.

His parents Ron and Jayne invited those attending the funeral at Pentrebychan crematorium to wear rugby shirts.

The congregation heard Craig was a much-loved teen known as "Smiler".

Despite frantic efforts to free him from the sand, Craig had stopped breathing in front of his parents when tragedy struck on 3 August.

At Tuesday's service, the Welsh national anthem was played as his coffin - draped in a Welsh flag - was conveyed inside.

'Happy times'

The Rev James Aylward spoke on behalf of Craig's parents, saying: "Craig could never be described as shy, he was always game for a laugh.

"Thinking of the happy times eases our pain.

"He was very bright and never big headed - we never had to chase him to revise.

"He set his own targets and never failed to achieve them."

Saying goodbye to their son, who was predicted to top his year when next week's GCSE results are released, the couple said: "Sleep well, sweet heart.

"Until we meet again we will always love and remember you, mum and dad."




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