British helicopter crash victims are named

The crash site
Image caption The helicopter had just dropped the men off when it tipped over and killed them

Two Britons who died in a helicopter crash in northern Russia have been named by the Foreign Office.

Mark Robertson and Rupert Beaumont, both from Hampshire and in their late 60s, were on a salmon fishing trip.

In a statement on behalf of their families, the Foreign Office said: "Both men will be deeply missed by their families and many friends."

The incident happened on Sunday in the Murmansk region, popular with tourists for its salmon-rich waters.

The statement from the families said they were "devastated" by the "tragic news".

It added: "We are all very grateful for all the help we are receiving at home and in Russia but for now we would appreciate a bit of privacy to allow us to take it all in."

Rescuers were told that the pair had just been dropped off when the aircraft tried to take off again, but tipped onto its side and killed them.

Mr Beaumont, believed to have been a corporate lawyer, and Mr Robertson, thought to have been a fine arts dealer, were staying in a "luxury camp for fishing", according to one Russian news agency.

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