Two British skiers die in fall in French Alps

28th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two British tourists fell to their deaths down a steep valley after leaving a bar late at night in a ski resort in the French Alps, police said Friday.

GRENOBLE - The pair, aged 28 and 29, went missing after a night out in the resort of Deux Alpes on Wednesday, fellow skiers told police, but their bodies were not discovered until Friday.

The identites of the victims, who were from the northern English city of York, have not been released.

Earlier, in another part of the Alps, climbers recovered the body of a 32-year-old British teacher who went missing 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 locate his body at the time, despite an extensive search.

AFP / Expatica

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