Briton and son found dead on Mont-Blanc a day after distress signal

LYON (AFP) - A British man and his 12-year-old son were found dead on Sunday in the Mont-Blanc massif that spreads around Europe's highest peak, rescuers said.

Their bodies were found a day after contact was last made with the 48-year-old father, who had called an emergency centre to say that his son had had a fall and was out of reach.

Rescuers lost contact and launched their search with little information on the exact location of the pair.

They had ventured into the sprawling Mont-Blanc range's Bossons area without adequate equipment, Mr Patrice Ribes, from the gendarmerie in the nearby town of Chamonix, told AFP.

A helicopter spotted them at 0600 GMT (2pm Singapore time) on Sunday, at an altitude of 1,600m.

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