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Date: 2008-03-29
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: near Blue River, BC
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed

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Edmonton man dies in Blue River avalanche

Kate Webb, The Province

Published: Sunday, March 30, 2008

A 45-year-old snowmobiler from Edmonton has been killed in an avalanche near Blue River.

The man was snowmobiling with two friends, also from Edmonton, at about 2 p.m. on Thursday when the slide buried him.

His friends, both firefighters, were able to dig him out but he was unresponsive. They performed CPR for almost an hour without success.

"Avalanches in the backcountry happen all the time," said Const. Chris Newel of the Clearwater RCMP.

"This one unfortunately happened to happen when there were three males snowmobiling."

The man's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

An RCMP helicopter from Kamloops, about 250 kilometres south of the avalanche site, tried to recover the body yesterday,

but due to weather conditions, was unable to land.

The helicopter was making a second attempt yesterday.

Meanwhile, police are warning that the avalanche risk is very high during the spring.

Bulletins issued by the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke caution skiers, snowboarders and backcountry-users of

"persistent weak layers" in the snow, which can trigger avalanches.

The Edmonton man's death is the 11th avalanche fatality in B.C. this year and the 16th in Canada. kwebb@png.canwest.com