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Date: 2006-03-05
Submitted By: Canadian Avalanche Centre
Place: Fairy Creek; 5 km north of Fernie, BC
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed

***Initial Report***

Canadian Avalanche Centre Avalanche Accident Information Report

Avalanche Fatality ? March 5, 2006 Fairy Creek, BC.

On March 5, 2006, at approximately 1:30 pm MST a person riding a snowmobile was killed by an avalanche, approximately 5 km north of Fernie, BC in Fairy Creek.

The avalanche occurred while a group of two were highmarking. It was triggered in a weak area of snow between two rock outcrops on a east facing slope and approximately 2000m. The avalanche was estimated to be a size 2.0 and was 35m wide, ranged

from 35 to 70 cm deep and ran 150m. The estimated depth of the avalanche debris was 1.5 to 2m deep.

The person was located with an avalanche transceiver search.

We will update this report as more information is available.

Sources: BC Provincial Emergency Program, RCMP ? Fernie, Island Lake Lodge.

(This report may be updated as we receive additional information)