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Sunday 20 April 2014

Dad and son (12) killed in Alpine plunge

Rescue services in Chamonix received a call for help from a man who informed them his son had fallen into a crevasse near Mont Blanc
Peter Saunders, 48, and his 12-year-old son Charlie, have died in the French Alps

A father is thought to have fallen to his death while attempting to save his 12-year-old son, who plummeted into a crevasse in the French Alps.

The two victims, Charlie Saunders and his dad Peter Saunders (48), from Buckinghamshire, England, died on Saturday while exploring a trail in the Mont-Blanc range. Their bodies were discovered yesterday morning near Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc. After flying into Geneva airport in Switzerland, the pair had set out on a hike known as Le Couloir des Bossons. The trail is not recommended to be climbed in winter. The father and son are thought to have fallen "several hundred metres" to their deaths at an area of the Chamonix Valley known as 'La Jonction'.

"We think the father tried to find his son after he called us and asked for rescue. We believe he fell as he tried to find his son," Capt Patrice Ribes, the deputy commander of the mountain rescue gendarmerie at Chamonix, said. (© Independent News Service)

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