A British man who died at a French ski resort after falling down a cliff following a night out with friends has been pictured.

Corey Watson, 24, had been working in Brides-les-Bains, near the ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribeland, and had gone out with friends last Thursday before he was reported missing at 5am.

A search involving police, firefighters and mountain rescue equipped with dogs was launched and continued throughout the day on Saturday.

His body was sadly found on Saturday afternoon at the foot of a cliff.

Police believe he fell off the cliff after getting lost on his way back to his accommodation.

Corey had been working in Brides-les-Bains, near the ski resorts of Courchevel and Méribeland

His body was spotted by a helicopter crew at 4.50pm, almost 12 hours after he was reported missing.

Corey's cousin Jemma Watson, who lives in Newcastle, has now launched a fundraiser to help them pay to fly him back to the UK and for his funeral.

She said: "All the family are absolutely devastated with this news and just want to get Corey's body home.

"I'm setting this up to raise as much as possible to help Corey's dad and mam with getting him back to the UK and his funeral. Any donation no matter how small helps."

A spokesman for Albertville police said: “Unfortunately the body of a man was discovered yesterday after a big search.

“He was most probably the victim of a fall. We believe he was walking back from Les Allues to his accommodation in Brides-les-Bains. He departed with some other people but they became separated.

“He was reported missing in the early hours. He was discovered not far from Les Allues. It appears he had not walked that far.

Corey's family have said they are 'absolutely devastated'

“We have no further information. An investigation into the death of the man has been opened and this will determine how he died and how far he fell. We can give no further details.

“Currently we have little information about him and are trying to establish if he was a season worker or a tourist.”

The three-mile walk between Les Allues and Brides-Les-Bains takes about an hour-and-a-half. In the early hours of Thursday the temperature was minus three degrees celsius.

Brides-les-Bains is directly linked by a cable-car to the famous resort of Méribel, popular with British skiers. The town was an Olympic Village for the 1992 Winter Olympics based in Albertville.

Corey went missing shortly before 5am on Friday

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The tragedy comes just weeks after British doctor William Reid, 25, fell to his death in the French ski resort of Avoriaz.

William, from Edinburgh, was on the fifth day of a New Year holiday with his girlfriend and his family.

They had just enjoyed lunch and were making their way back to their accommodation. His family said he took a wrong turn and fell. Medics battled in vain to try and save him.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: 'We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in the French Alps, and are in contact with the local authorities.'