Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Scallop Mountain, near Takla Landing
Summary: 2 snowmobilers caught, 1 buried and killed
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Mom killed in avalanche leaves two small children
Thursday, April 03, 2003
A young mother with two
children under two is B.C.'s
26th avalanche victim of the
Leslie Ann Miller of Prince
George was snowmobiling
with her husband on Scallop
Mountain on Monday when
the couple crested a ridge and
vanished from the sight of 11
others in their party.
"A husband and wife were on
the snow machines together
and they got up on the ridge
and it collapsed and they went over a cliff and they fell approximately 300
feet down a rock face before they landed on the slope," Takla Landing
RCMP Cpl. Steve Pebernat said yesterday. "When they landed on the slope,
they created an avalanche."
Miller's 33-year-old husband survived the fall and was buried up to his
shoulders in the slide. He dug himself out but couldn't find his wife.
The other sledders -- all from Takla Landing -- used a satellite phone to call a
nearby logging camp, which sent a helicopter with a first-aid worker but
darkness halted the search.
The body of Miller, 27, whose children are aged two months and 18 months,
was found by searchers from the nearby communities of Fort St. James,
Smithers and Prince George on Tuesday afternoon about 30 metres from
where her machine came to rest. An autopsy was performed yesterday.
Pebernat said the couple were not wearing avalanche transceivers, which
slowed the recovery of Miller's body buried in 50 centimetres of
The accident occurred in the remote Driftwood Mountain range, about 300
kilometres north of Fort St. James. The mountain's gradual south slope is
popular with sledders but its north side is a sheer drop.
Miller's husband, who suffered lower body injuries, works as a logger in the
Takla Landing area during the harvesting season. The couple also have a
home in Prince George.
The Canadian Avalanche Association is calling for more funding so areas
like Takla Landing, currently not covered under weekly bulletins, are
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