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Man suffers broken arm in avalanche

A backcountry skier is lucky to have escaped serious injury after he was buried in an avalanche near Sparwood, BC Sunday.

Sparwood Search and Rescue got a call at around 3:30 p.m. that five backcountry skiers believed to be from Alberta triggered an avalanche in the Corbin Road area, 24 kilometres east of the BC -Alberta border town.

Sparwood RCMP said one of the skiers, a 35-year-old man, was buried in the slide, but the rest of the group was able to find and dig him out of the snow.

Snowmobilers took him to an awaiting ambulance. He was transported to hospital in Fernie with non-life threatening injuries that included hypothermia and a broken arm. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

The avalanche risk in the region is currently considerable to moderate.

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