Avalanche sweeps man over cliff
Oct 24, 2012 / 10:37 am
A few more details have been released following BC's first avalanche death of the season.
North District RCMP say a 50-year-old surveyor was engulfed while working at a minerals camp 50 kilometres outside Stewart, near the Alaska border.
The man's name and hometown have not been released, but police say he was swept over a 300 metre cliff while he and another man were taking GPS co-ordinates on a steep slope near the camp.
The second man was able to escape the slide and was not hurt.
Mounties say the case has now been turned over to the coroner's office; spokeswoman Barb McLintock says WorkSafeBC will also take part in the investigation.
Ten people died in avalanches around BC during the 2011/2012 season.
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