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Two British tourists die in Alps

Map of French Alps

Two British tourists who fell to their deaths in the French Alps have been named by the Foreign Office.

Richard Ryan, 27, and Christopher Lockwood, 28, both from the Leeds area, went missing in the ski resort of Deux Alpes in the early hours of Thursday.

It appears they had tried to take a short cut going back to their chalet from a bar and they fell off a cliff.

Earlier, it emerged the body of Briton Christopher Hilton had been found in the Alps, months after he disappeared.

The bodies of Mr Ryan and Mr Lockwood were found in the "Black Coombe" ravine on Friday, near the Deux Alpes ski station east of Grenoble, according to French rescuers.

At 0200 local time on Thursday morning, the men left the bar where they were drinking and tried to take a short cut in an area marked by warning signs.

100m plunge

Officials in the town said that seven people have died falling off that cliff in the past 12 years.

Family liaison officers from West Yorkshire Police are assisting the relatives of the two men.

In the previous incident involving Mr Hilton, climbers found his body on a ledge in the Oisans range of the central French Alps three days ago. He had fallen more than 100 metres.

He vanished after going for a hike alone in July, while holidaying with his parents.

Mr Hilton lived and worked in Stalybridge, Cheshire, where he taught science at Littlemoss High School.

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