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The parents of a five-year-old British boy who died after he was buried alive by a snowplough in Spain have paid tribute to their "wonderful son".

Federico Nicholls Lopez, of Islington, north London, was covered by snow as he played by a ski lift at Baqueira Beret in the Val d'Aran area of the Pyrenees.

The incident took place on 25 February, but he died at Purpan hospital in Toulouse, France, on Tuesday.

Magistrates are considering whether to bring charges against the driver.

'Tragic accident'

Federico, who has a British father and Spanish mother, was airlifted to a local hospital before being transferred over the border for further treatment.

Thomas and Ana Nicholls Lopez supplied the brief tribute but were too upset to comment further, a spokesman for the family said.

Ana Romero, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, added: "This is an extremely difficult time for Mr and Mrs Nicholls Lopez who have lost their son, Federico, under horrific circumstances.

"The events surrounding his death are now being investigated by the Spanish authorities and the family have instructed Irwin Mitchell to help them access the information they need to further understand what happened."

The Foreign Office confirmed that it was aware of the boy's death.

Roberto Buil, director of the resort, said: "We would like to express our condolences to the family and will give them all the support we can following this tragic accident."

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