IT has been reported that the body of a British man, not yet named, has been found after being reported missing early yesterday morning. The man had been staying in the popular ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribel.
Early indications lead authorities to believe that British man has died after falling off a cliff in the French Alps, it’s believed that the man may have got lost following a night out with friends.
The alarm that the man was missing was triggered at 5 am when friends became aware that he had not yet retuned to his accommodation.
A search party involving police, firefighters and mountain rescue equipped with dogs was swiftly launched and continued throughout yesterday.
A helicopter rescue team spotted the body at 4.50pm, some 12 hours after he was reported missing.
A spokesperson for the Albertville police informed of the discovery after a “big search” had been launched. Adding that it is believed the man was walking back from Les Allues to his accommodation in Brides-les-Bains. He departed with some other people but they became separated.
The body of the young man was discovered not far from Les Allues, leading investigators to believe that he had not walked far.
No further information was added. However an investigation into the death of the man has been opened which will determine exactly how the man died and how far he fell.
Local sources indicate that the walk between Les Allues and Brides-Les-Bains, about three miles, should take around an hour-and-a-half and that the temperature at the time of the disappearance, early yesterday morning, was minus three degrees Celsius.
Brides-les-Bains is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
It was an Olympic Village for the 1992 Winter Olympics, based in Albertville, France.
Brides-les-Bains’ main attraction to tourists is its convenience for Méribel. there is a cable-car link direct to the ski slopes at Méribel, a major resort eight miles (13 km) away.