Louis Watkiss of Sutton Coldfield, Staffs, suffered fatal injuries at the busy SnowDome site in Tamworth on Friday night, and a witness said the young man was “in the middle of the slope” when his sled collided with a skier.
A 12-year-old boy who died in a terrible accident at an indoor ski resort was named Louis Watkiss.
Louis, of Sutton Coldfield, Staffs, suffered fatal injuries at the busy SnowDome site in Tamworth on Friday night.
A witness said the boy was “in the middle of the slope” when his sled collided with a skier.
He died at the scene despite the best efforts of the doctors.
Staffordshire Police today released the name of the scholar, whose family is being supported by specially trained officers.
The force said in a statement: “Following Friday’s tragic incident at the Snow Dome in Tamworth, we can now confirm that the 12-year-old boy who lost his life was named Louis Watkiss of Sutton Coldfield.
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“Police were called at 6.40pm on Friday to report that a child had been seriously injured at the SnowDome.
“The officers attended the scene, along with ambulance teams. Sadly, Louis died shortly after from his injuries.
“Louis’s family is supported by specially trained officers. We ask everyone to respect the family’s right to cry in private during this extremely difficult time.
“Staffordshire Police continue to investigate the circumstances with the support of the Health and Safety Executive.”
The owners of the SnowDome described the tragedy as “almost unbelievable.”
Today it remains closed while officials work with the police and security chiefs.
The company told customers Sunday: “The SnowDome will be temporarily closed following the tragic death of a child on Friday night.
“Directors and staff are deeply shocked by what happened, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terrible time.
“The authorities are conducting an investigation and we are giving him our full cooperation.”
Witnesses claimed on social media that the tragedy occurred when Louis’s sleigh collided with a skier.
One of the parents wrote in Facebook: “My friend took his children up the slope and said the boy was sledding when he somehow collided with a skier in the middle of the slope.
“Apparently it was very busy and full of children. The police were questioning all staff who appeared in shock. “
Another parent wrote in Twitter: ”I was there, in the same race that happened right behind me.
“Gruesome scenes, truly heartbreaking. Devastated doesn’t do it justice. God knows how parents and family feel, besides partying with him.
“It’s so hard to imagine what the family is going through.”
Staffordshire Police said a man was also treated for injuries.
A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Upon arrival, teams found a child who had suffered very serious injuries.
“Staff worked on him to provide advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save him and his death was confirmed at the scene.”