Climber, 12-Year-Old Son, Fall To Deaths In French Alps

PARIS (March 17, 2013)--A British climber and his 12-year-old son were found dead early Sunday after the plunged several hundred yards down a mountain in the French Alps.

Capt. Patrice Ribes of the mountain gendarme service in Chamonix said the father alerted rescuers by telephone Saturday that his son had fallen.

Rescuers found both of them dead early Sunday on a slope between Bossons and Les Houches beneath Mont Blanc.

Ribes said the father, who was 48, evidently fell while trying to rescue his son.

He said the two were well-equipped for climbing in summer conditions, but not for winter.

Their names were not released.

The British Foreign Office was helping the family.

The Mont Blanc massif is one of Europe's most popular and deadly climbing areas.

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