BREAKING NEWS: Eastbourne soldier died after plunging from Mont Blanc

The off duty soldier who died while climbing in The Alps last week has been named as Eastbourne man David Martin.

The 30-year-old died after plunging 1,000m to his death from Mont Blanc last Wednesday morning.

He was with a climbing partner when he fell. The pair had set out on the climb in France and were descending the Italian side when Mr Martin fell from a sheer rock face just below the summit.

Mr Martin’s body was recovered and taken to the Italian town of Courmayeur.

Yesterday, Sussex Police confirmed an inquest into Mr Martin’s death will be opened and adjourned, although he has not yet been formally named.

The Foreign and Comonwealth office confirmed it was aware of the death of a British national in the Italian Alps and was offering support to his family.

According to an Italian news agency, Mr Martin’s climbing partner was also from the armed forces but escaped the tragedy unharmed.

A funeral for Mr Martin will be held in Eastbourne.