Mountain rescue teams were forced to hold off their search for a Birmingham man missing in the Alps for a further 24 hours yesterday.
Low cloud has forced the teams to abandon searches for two days in a row for 40-year-old Brian Simpson after he went missing on Sunday.
He vanished after his paraglider crashed shortly after take-off from the Italian side of Europe's highest peak. The French guide he had jumped with is also missing.
While he climbed and made the jump, Mr Simpson's wife, Sue, had been waiting at the bottom of the mountain for him. She raised the alarm when he failed to return on Sunday evening.
Mrs Simpson, a real estate partner at the Birmingham Office of Eversheds, is still in the Alps anxiously waiting for news of her husband.
Italian search teams are waiting to comb the Brenva spur, which flanks 16,000ft Mont Blanc.
"There is still low cloud over the area," said a spokesman for the Foreign Office. "The plan, once the weather improves, is to search where it is believed they went down.
"The teams will try and retrieve whatever they can from that area. If they don't find or recover anything they will be presumed dead. But at present the teams are keen to start their search again."
A spokeswoman for Eversheds said: "This is devastating news and our thoughts are with Sue at this difficult time."