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Avalanche victim identified

UPDATE 4 PM FEB 25:
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in an avalanche near Salmo on Feb. 23, 2014. He was Cale Jack, aged 27, from Nelson.

Mr. Jack was one of a group of four persons who went backcountry skiing in an area known as Twin Lakes near the summit of Kootenay Pass, about 37 kilometres east of Salmo. During the afternoon, an avalanche struck, burying two of them. The other members of the party were able to find and rescue the two who had been hit.

Mr. Jack was unresponsive when he was found, and was not able to be resuscitated. The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

The BC Coroners Service notes that the a Special Public Avalanche Warning from the Canadian Avalanche Centre continues in effect, warning that weather and environmental conditions are leading to a high risk of avalanche throughout most of the mountainous regions of the province and urging all backcountry users to take extreme care, including checking the Canadian Avalanche Centre webpage - http://www.avalanche.ca - for current conditions in B.C.


One man has been killed and one woman rescued from the scene of an avalanche in southeastern British Columbia.

Search manager Chris Armstrong says four skiers were trekking through a high, remote section of Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston early Sunday afternoon when two were hit by a slide that swept them over a cliff and into trees below.

Armstrong says the two remaining members of the group skied to the highway to call for help, while six other skiers who were near the slide began rescue efforts.

The woman was located, but fading light and poor conditions forced search and rescue teams that arrived at the scene to move her to safety by snowmobile.

The body of the man remains at the scene.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a warning last week advising skiers, boarders and sledders to use extreme caution in the backcountry because as much as three metres of snow on top of a weak crust has created the potential for massive slides.

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