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Tragedy touches family

UPDATED: 12:13 p.m.

There is an outpouring of support on Facebook for Lumby resident, Travis Squair.

Squair died in a snowmobiling incident Sunday.

Squair is believed to be the nephew of prominent local businessman David Chambers, whose wife Gloria Miller recently died while scuba diving in Mexico.

Rest in peace posts have filled his Facebook page. 

Some of the posts read, "A very sad day in the sledding and Lumby community. Travis Squair you were one of a kind."

"Gunna miss you man, it's hard saying goodbye to a friend. I'm thankful for the time we spent together and all that I learned from you . Ride in paradise brother."

"Hands down the most genuine, humble person I've ever met. There will never be another Travis. No one deserved a long and happy life more than that guy. I'm speechless. If you just spent one day with Travis, you were happier, more humble, more polite...he just had an awesome way of communicating. This world needs more Travis’."

"Your humble attitude and your generosity will never be forgotten Trav! You were a mentor on the mountain and a strong hand to pull me out of a sticky situation numerous times. The mountain will never be the same without you bud. Keep rippin it up for us up there. You'll be missed dearly."

Squair, 30, is believed to be the man who died after losing control of his snowmobile Sunday in the backcountry area of Mabel Lake.


Original: 9:18 a.m.

One man is dead after a snowmobiling incident in the backcountry area of Mabel Lake.

On March 4, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received an emergency spot activation near Lumby for a male, 30, who reportedly lost control of his snowmobile.

Vernon Search and Rescue and the RCMP were on scene attempting to resuscitate the man.

"Sadly, despite the efforts of those performing CPR on the scene, the male succumbed to his injuries," said Const. Kelly Brett. "This tragic event serves as yet another reminder of the risks associated with backcountry sports, regardless of your level of expertise and training".

The Lumby man was with a group of friends at the time of the incident, who attempted to assist the man but he died as a result of his injuries.

The death is deemed non-suspicious and the RCMP continue to work with the BC Coroners Service on the investigation.

No further information is available for release.



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