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Sand tunnel teenager's 10 GCSEs

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

The parents of a teenager who was killed by a collapsing sand tunnel while on holiday have been told he achieved excellent GCSE results.

Craig Owen, 16, from Brymbo, Wrexham got five A stars and five As.

He became trapped 5ft (1.52m) underneath several tonnes of sand at Cefn Sidan beach in Carmarthenshire.

His parents Jayne and Ron Owen were given their son's results at Ysgol Bryn Alyn, Gwersyllt. The head teacher said they were "justifiably proud".

Despite frantic efforts to free him from the sand, Craig died on 3 August.

At his funeral at Pentrebychan crematorium on 12 August, his coffin was draped in a Welsh flag and hundreds of mourners wore Wales rugby shirts to the service.

Having delivered Craig's results to his parents this morning it was a privilege to witness the pride they feel
Rob Ratcliffe, head teacher at Ysgol Bryn Alyn

Rob Ratcliffe, headteacher at Craig's school and his parents released a joint statement.

It read: "Ysgol Bryn Alyn and Mr and Mrs Owen are justifiably proud of the way that Craig approached his schooling and, in particular, this summer's GCSE results.

"Consequently, whatever Craig achieved was his very best.

"The actual results show that Craig was a bright and dedicated student who worked at the highest level.

"His five A star and five A grades is an outstanding achievement and richly deserved.

"Having delivered Craig's results to his parents this morning it was a privilege to witness the pride they feel.

"Mrs Owen said that the results top everything, as they are the culmination of many years of hard work.

"It is devastating to think that such a bright future has been curtailed by the tragic loss of such a fine young man."


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