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Date: 2009-01-11
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Chetwynd, B.C., located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 5 snowmobilers caught and buried. 4 rescued, 1 killed


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Alberta man pulled from B.C. avalanche site.

Canwest News ServiceJanuary 12, 2009

CHETWYND, B.C. - Search crews have recovered the body of a 45-year- old Alberta man buried in an eastern B.C. avalanche over the weekend.

The Rycroft, Alta., resident was found at approximately 4 p.m. PST Monday by an avalanche technician, according to an RCMP news release.

Search and recovery efforts were hampered earlier due to conditions near the avalanche site in Chetwynd, B.C., located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, about 690 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

The man, whose name has not been released, was part of a group of five men who were caught after the slide came down Sunday on a group of 14 snowmobilers near Chetwynd B.C.

The men were able to dig everyone out but one man was already dead. The men made the decision to leave the man's body behind over fears of another avalanche.

Meanwhile, another snowmobiler was swept away in a separate avalanche in the Mara Mountain area in the B.C. Interior Sunday night.

Three men who were snowmobiling sent out a call for help when the avalanche occurred.

Police said about 30 fellow snowmobilers in the area responded to assist in the search. They started probing for the man, but police said because he was not wearing a beacon it took some time for them to locate him.

The body of 24-year-old Matt Simmons was transported to a hospital in Salmon Arm, B.C. and the coroner is investigating.

A total of 13 people have died in avalanches in the last two weeks in B.C