Snowmobiler dies in avalanche south of Chetwynd

Sledder killed in avalanche

A 27-year-old man has died following an avalanche in Northern B.C.

Chetwynd RCMP were notified on Saturday by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of a device signal activation in the Murray Mountain range, by Mount Gilliland, south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park.

Through the device messaging, police discovered that an avalanche had occurred while a group of snowmobilers were in the area and one man was missing.

North Peace Search and Rescue could not immediately attend the area because of weather conditions and the potential of more avalanches.

The group was equipped with avalanche safety beacons and, with the assistance of another group snowmobiling in the area, was able to locate and recover the deceased man.

Chetwynd RCMP members, in collaboration with SAR and a local helicopter charter service, departed Chetwynd Municipal Airport for the scene, but had to turn back due to inclement weather and visibility conditions.

The body was recovered on Sunday.

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