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Avalanche kills one in Valemount

Update -- Jan. 21

The B.C. Coroner’s office has released the name of a man who died in an avalanche last Saturday in eastern B.C.

He is identified as 28-year-old Kym Alvin Avery Wilson of Warburg, a small community near Leduc in central Alberta.

The coroner’s office says Wilson was in a group of five people in the Clemina area about 30 kilometres south of Valemount for a day of snowmobiling when the avalanche struck.

Wilson’s body was found several hours later beneath about one metre of snow.

A rescue team from Parks Canada recovered his body on Sunday after ensuring the area was safe from the risk of further avalanches.

The coroner’s office and the RCMP continue to investigate his death.


Original story -- Jan. 18

One male has been killed after an Avalanche was triggered at Goat Ridge in the Clemina Creek area situated approximately 30 kilometers south of Valemount off Highway 5.

On January 18, 2014, at 12:32 pm Valemount RCMP received information of several SPOT distress beacons, along with GPS coordinates, being activated in the Clemina Creek snowmobile area.

Search and Rescue teams were immediately deployed  out of Valemount and McBride

RCMP were advised that  several snowmobilers were in the area at the time of the avalanche and confirmed that one person was found buried and confirmed deceased. 

Avalanche technicians immediately deemed the area as high risk posing a danger to Emergency crews trying to enter the area.

Once deemed safe the BC Coroner Service will be entering the site to assist with recovering the body.

As there is no criminality involved the BC Coroners Service has taken jurisdiction of this fatal incident.

RCMP are warning the public that the area has been deemed a high risk for avalanches and any outdoor enthusiasts are asked to stay away from the area or visit the Canadian Avalanche Center website for any future updates.

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