At least one snowmobiler is dead after an avalanche swept through a popular recreation area near Valemount, B.C.
UPDATE: The snowmobiler’s body was recovered Saturday, after unstable conditions forced search and rescue crews to postpone their initial a day earlier. His identity has not been released.
Snowmobiler killed in avalanche near Valemount, B.C. – UPDATED
Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said RCMP were called to a forest service road in the Clemina Creek area on Friday.
Police were advised that a male on a snowmobile had been caught in the avalanche and died as a result. BC Coroners Office and Search and Rescue (SAR) were immediately notified of the incident. SAR personnel attended and determined that the scene was too unstable and recovery efforts would resume when the scene could be made safe to return.
Avalanche Control from Jasper Alberta have been called to assist SAR. They are to assess the scene and aid police and SAR with the recovery of the deceased male.
The investigation is ongoing and at this time no further information will be released as the recovery efforts continue.