Dead British skiers in French Alps named

28th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two British tourists who plunged to their deaths down a steep valley after leaving a bar late at night in a ski resort in the French Alps, were named on Saturday.

GRENOBLE -- Richard Ryan and Christopher Lockwood, who were both in their late 20s, died in the resort of Deux Alpes on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said.

Fellow skiers told police the pair, from Yorkshire in northern England, went missing after a night out at a bar but their bodies were not discovered until Friday.

In another part of the Alps, climbers have recovered the body of a 32-year-old British teacher who disappeared during a hiking expedition more than seven months ago, police said.

Christopher Hilton's body was found on Wednesday trapped in a frozen waterfall, at the foot of a 50-metre (110-foot) cliff, where he appeared to have fallen to his death after slipping.

Mountain rescuers were sent to recover the body from the waterfall, near the Alpine town of Villard-Notre-Dame.

Hilton, a chemistry teacher from Stalybridge near Manchester in northwest England, went missing in late July after setting off on foot from a nearby campsite to take photographs of the mountain landscape.

Rescuers failed to find his body at the time, despite an extensive search.

AFP / Expatica

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