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French Alps Deaths: British Hiker And Son Killed In Cliff Fall Named As Peter And Charlie Saunders

17/03/2013 22:34 GMT | Updated 17/03/2013 23:19 GMT

A father and son who fell to their deaths in a "tragic accident" on a hiking trip in the French Alps were named on Sunday night.

The bodies of Peter Saunders, 48, and his 12-year-old son Charlie were found by rescue services near Mont Blanc this morning.

Mr Saunders had called for help yesterday at 2pm local time after Charlie fell down a cliff on a mountain trail in the Chamonix valley.

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Peter Saunders died trying to reach his son

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, their family said: "Peter and Charlie Saunders were involved in a tragic accident whilst walking in the French Alps.

"They had flown to the French Alps for a short weekend of adventure in the Chamonix valley.

"They were to have a half day walking followed by a full day skiing.

"Their bodies were recovered by the local mountain rescue this morning.

"Charlie was always full of life, had a really happy temperament and loved spending time with his father.

"Peter was fantastic at making things happen, resourceful, with a positive approach to life.

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Charlie Saunders

"They will both be sorely missed by friends and family alike.

"We would be grateful to the media for respecting the privacy of the family and friends that Peter and Charlie leave behind at this difficult time.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the French rescue services for all their efforts."