Detailed Accident Report

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Date: 1998-11-14
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Yoho National Park
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 6 hikers caught, some injured, 1 fatality

Provided by;

Evan Manners

Manager, Canadian Avalanche Centre

Incident at Yoho National Park near Golden, BC, on November 14, 1998. A group of six hikers were involved in an

avalanche at approx. 14:00 hrs, while hiking towards Abbott's Pass, on the BC/Alberta boundary, which also divides Yoho and Banff National Parks. Park wardens were notified by 16:10 that same day. A rescue team including a professional search dog immediately flew to the site and quickly located one person under the snow, who had not survived. The others were found and the injured evacuated by helicopter in failing light. A second flight was not possible, so the uninjured victims were ground evacuated by the remainder of the rescue team.

The body was recovered the following morning at first light.

Canadian Avalanche Centre