Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Mount Terry Fox near Valemount
Summary: 1 skier caught, buried, and killed
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Four people killed in two B.C. avalanches
Thursday, March 27, 2003
Four people were killed in
two avalanches in eastern
British Columbia on
Near Fernie, three
snowmobilers were killed
when they and four others
were buried under falling
snow in the early afternoon,
said Sergeant Steve
Robertson of the Fernie
"It was in a fairly popular local snowmobiling area," Robertson said. "They
were up around the 6,000- or 7,000-foot mark."
Avalanche conditions had been rated as fair to good, Robertson said, but
the mountain turned out not to be safe.
All the members of the party were wearing avalanche beacons and were
located quickly, Robertson said.
Two died at the scene and another was pronounced dead later in hospital.
A fourth person was injured but not badly, and the three others were able
to walk away, he said.
"You have to pay close attention to the conditions and be with people who
know the trail and the surroundings," Robertson said, though all the victims,
all men, were locals.
Their names aren't being released, Robertson said.
At roughly the same time, on Mount Terry Fox near Valemount, another
avalanche was bearing down on a group of 10 heli-skiers in the back
A 45-year-old man was the only one buried; he was under the snow for 20
to 25 minutes, according to a statement from Valemount RCMP Sergeant
Brad Handoga. The man was taken to hospital by helicopter but was
pronounced dead at about 2:35 p.m..
The other skiers were unhurt, Handoga said. The party was made up of
skiers from France (where the victim's family is), Switzerland, and Britain.
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