A father and his 12-year-old son who died in a "tragic accident" on a walking trip in the French Alps have been named by the Foreign Office as Peter and Charlie Saunders.
Earlier it was reported that rescue services in Chamonix received a call for help on Saturday from a 48-year-old man who told them his son had fallen into a crevasse near Mont Blanc. Emergency services attempted to trace the man's mobile phone signal after beginning a rescue operation. French police said the bodies of the father and son were found next to each other on Sunday morning.
A statement issued on behalf of the family of Peter and Charlie through the Foreign Office said:
Richard Mansfield, a mountain guide who has worked in the area for 20 years and lives close to the Bossons glacier, said:
"I don't know exactly where the accident happened but all the trails on the north side of the valley are covered in snow. The footpaths usually don't get that many people out at this time of year because they are much more difficult to navigate, although yesterday was a beautiful sunny day."