Swiss bus crash: London boy Sebastian Bowles among victim of tunnel tragedy

07:50 16 March 2012

The wreckage of the coach. Picture: AP

The wreckage of the coach. Picture: AP

A former London schoolboy was among the 22 children killed in the Swiss tunnel bus crash, it has emerged.

Sebastian Bowles, 11, was one of the 28 victims when a Belgian tourist bus carrying 52 people hit a wall returning from a ski holiday in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday.

Dirk De Gendt, a spokesman for St Lambertus School in Heverlee, Belgium, said Sebastian’s British father Edward and Belgian mother Ann landed in Brussels last night after identifying their son’s body in Switzerland.

Mr De Gendt said: “They landed in Brussels at 10.45pm. The mother had gone to Switzerland with a group of parents and the father had flown directly from London to Switzerland.”

According to The Sun, Sebastian’s father moved his family from London two years ago to be near his wife’s relatives.

The family previously lived in Crouch End, north London and now live in Louvain, the newspaper reported.

Latest Stories

15:03
Dynamo spotted by Steve Spencer

Fans of magician Dynamo were delighted by his latest trick: appearing to ‘levitate’ from The Shard near London Bridge.

Read more
47 minutes ago
Undated handout photo issued by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home of Bless with Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith, of Chelmsford, Essex. The mournful-looking stray which was thought to be putting potential adopters off with her hangdog expression has finally found a home.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. Bless was the most long-term resident at Battersea, with staff believing the lack of interest was down to the doleful dog's permanently sad expression. But following publicity, the Shoesmiths leapt at the chance to take the six-year-old in after being drawn to her loving personality and calm, kindly temperament.  See PA story ANIMALS Sad. Photo credit should read: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home /PA Wire

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A frowning dog can wag her tail again after our plea to find her a new owner was a success!

Read more
Lilian Jean Turner  was seen wearing a white blouse embroidered with flowers, black trousers and white sandals and also had a walking stick and holdall with her [Photograph from Metropolitan Police]

Police are increasingly worried about an 85-year-old woman who went missing in Penge on Wednesday morning.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

I'm only going to say this once: Stand. On. The. Right.

James Bond is Britain’s most famous secret agent, and the capital is its most famous city, so it makes sense that 007 would live and work here when he isn’t gallivanting around the world.

Read more
Can you find the animals hiding in London station names? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

You may not realise it but there are animals hiding in stations across London? Play our quiz and see if you can you find them:

Read more
Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more