UK father and son dead in Alps

A father and son who were killed on a walking trip in the French Alps have been named by the Foreign Office as Peter and Charlie Saunders.

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Headmaster: Charlie 'will be hugely missed'

(Charlie was) a talented and very motivated boy who made a huge impact on the lives of every one who knew him.

He was a popular boy and threw himself into school life with 100% effort.

Charlie loved a wide range of sports and especially the great outdoors.

He will be hugely missed and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his mother and sister, at this tragic time.

– David Hudson, the headmaster of Charlie Saunders' school, the Royal Latin in Buckingham

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Deaths in Alps happened on 'beautiful sunny day'

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."

French Alps
French Alps Credit: Press Association

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British man and his son 'found dead in French Alps'

A British man and his 12-year-old son who were on a hiking trip in the French Alps have been found dead.

French Alps
French Alps Credit: Press Association

It's reported 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.