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Date: 2009-03-18
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: near 100 Mile House in the Central Interior of B.C.
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed


Snowmobiler killed by avalanche in B.C. interior

By Graeme Wood, Vancouver Sun March 19, 2009

A snowmobiler was killed by an avalanche Wednesday evening near 100 Mile House in the Central Interior of B.C. and a recovery effort is currently underway, according to an RCMP statement Thursday morning.

The unnamed deceased man was on Mica Mountain with another male snowmobiler when an avalanche struck the two at about 4 p.m. RCMP said the other man was able to escape but failed to immediately locate the buried victim.

The man hiked to Canim Lake and was able to phone the police. He then returned to the scene of the avalanche with other snowmobilers who were able to find the buried snowmobiler with an emergency beacon.

However, after attempts to revive the victim the snowmobilers were unable to remove the body from the mountain and were forced to vacated the area due to darkness.

An RCMP helicopter was deployed from Kamloops Wednesday night but rescuers determined it was too dangerous to recover the body. Today the Ministry of Transportation along with emergency personnel, will be attending the area to determine the course of action in order to safely enter the area and recover the deceased, said RCMP.

The police statement noted that Mica Mountain was also the scene of another deadly avalanche on Dec. 24, 2007 where two snowmobilers were killed. RCMP said further details will be made available later on today as the recovery operation unfolds.

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