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Date: 2000-02-14
Submitted By: Mark Moore NWAC
Place: Ch?teau-Richer, 30 km east of Quebec City
State: QB
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 2 teens caught and buried, 1 killed, 1 critically injured

Fatal involvement, 2000-02-14, Ch?teau-Richer, Quebec (about 30 km

east of Quebec City), two teens were buried by a storm snow avalanche

(approx 35cm HST) in a steep walled ravine (approx 35m deep) while

walking along a path along the Lemoine River. When the two (male 18

yrs, female 16 yrs) did not arrive home for supper, neighbors called

police, who began a search. They found the avalanche near the family

home and after some searching in the snow, one suggested bringing a

neighbor's dog to the site. The dog indicated and began to dig on the

deposit and the two were found under the snow at that spot, an

estimated 5 hrs after burial. Deposit 2.5m deep, burial depth approx

60cm, both still in standing position when uncovered. The male was not

alive when uncovered, the female remains in critical condition in

hospital, trauma and hypothermia.