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Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Mount Deltaform, Kootenay National Park
Summary: 2 climbers caught, 1 injured, 1 killed
CAA REPORT can be viewed here:
Avalanches claim 2 lives
/Last Updated: Apr 25 2006 04:53 PM PDT /
Two more people have died in avalanches in British Columbia in the last
week, raising the total to eight since October.
A 26-year-old man from Washington state lost his life in an avalanche in
Kootenay National Park in southeastern B.C. last week ? and his climbing
partner was seriously injured. RCMP in Invermere say they were swept
down Mount Deltaform late last week, but were not discovered by rescuers
until Sunday. "It's very unpredictable with the weather patterns, warm,
cold, we've had all winter, said Sgt. Neil Cross. "The snowpack is very
unstable in areas. "And in this case, you had two very experienced
climbers that were well aware of the risks in the area, yet they were
still caught in the area where the snow beneath them let go." The men's
names have not been released. Last Friday, in the Coast Mountains near
Bella Coola, Tomas Brunner, a world-class snowboarder, was swept away.
Emergency crews took him to hospital in Bella Coola, but he could not be
revived. He was part of a group filming a snowboarding movie at the time
of the avalanche.