Scout leader dies in ravine fall
PUBLISHED: 18:06 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010
THE parents of an ambitious young scout leader have paid tribute to their son who died after falling 1,000ft down a ravine while on an expedition. Thomas Moore, 21, of Jessop Road in Stevenage, was on a two-week trip to Liechtenstein with Hertfordshire Sc
THE parents of an ambitious young scout leader have paid tribute to their son who died after falling 1,000ft down a ravine while on an expedition.
Thomas Moore, 21, of Jessop Road in Stevenage, was on a two-week trip to Liechtenstein with Hertfordshire Scouts when he was reported missing to the authorities on Saturday morning by concerned scout leaders.
Tom, an assistant explorer scout leader who was a member of Stevenage Scouting, travelled to Liechtenstein with 50 other scouts but towards the end of the trip he decided to go walking on his own up the Mittagspitze mountain.
He informed others he was going to walk some local ridges and took with him a day sack, some money and his passport.
Tom indicated he would be back in time to join the main party on its scheduled return to the UK on Saturday morning but when he didn't return other members of the team alerted police and a search was carried out.
Tom's close relatives were informed of his disappearance on Saturday afternoon and his mum Diane, 48, and dad Pete, 51, flew to Liechtenstein while the search took place.
A helicopter was also deployed and sniffer dogs were sent out. Tom's body was found by search teams on Monday at the bottom of a ravine.
Speaking from Liechtenstein Mrs Moore said: "Tom was an experienced scout so it's a mystery why this happened. He had been in the scout movement since he was six and had been hiking in mountainous areas since he was 13.We think he slipped and fell.
"We are in complete shock and devastated. We're a very close-knit family and it's the worst thing that could have happened. We had to bear in mind that when he went off on these adventures there was a possibility this could happen. But we know from texts and photos that he was having the time of his life."
Tom, a former head boy at Barclay School in Stevenage, was studying environmental science at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
Mrs Moore said: "Tom was the friendliest, most outgoing person you could meet. He knew lots of people and was into so much.
"He was passionately green and into recycling and although he could drive he would cycle everywhere.
"He also stood for the Green Party in the May local elections representing Pin Green and Martins Wood and he was hoping he would become an MP for the Green Party."
Tom, who was a Queen's Scout, had been presented with a variety of awards including the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award and the Explorer Belt after spending a month doing community work in Uganda.
"Every accolade he got, he deserved," Mrs Moore said.
"He had a fantastic future ahead of him and was planning on going to Mongolia, China and Russia next year."
Sarah White, a close family friend from Stevenage, said: "Tom has achieved everything he set out to do and would have gone on to achieve so much more."
Tom also leaves behind his brother Andrew, 20, and sister Maxine, 16.