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Date: 2003-04-18
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: near Crowsnest Pass
State: AB
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught and killed

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Alberta snowmobiler dies in avalanche near

Crowsnest Pass Friday

Canadian Press

Saturday, April 19, 2003

CROWSNEST PASS, Alta.

(CP) - A married father of

two children is dead after

his snowmobile triggered

an avalanche, plunging him

and the machine 500

metres off a ridge in the

Rocky Mountains.

The death Friday of Barry

Strandquist, 42, of

Crowsnest Pass, was the

28th avalanche fatality in

British Columbia and

Alberta this season - the

worst year since 1965

when 28 people died. RCMP

say Strandquist drove his

snowmobile onto a snow

overhang which broke free,

triggering the slide.

Another snowmobiler triggered a second slide in the area but got away

safely.

A rescue team including a helicopter and a search dog recovered the

body.

The avalanche hazard rating in the area Friday was moderate.