Avalanche near Invermere claims life of snowmobiler

An avalanche hazard warning sign is seen near Mount Renshaw outside of McBride, British Columbia, on January 30, 2016. Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Avalanche near Invermere claims snowmobile life

Second snowmobile with victim caught on Thunderwater Lake ride, uninjured

Avalanche Canada says a snowmobiler has died after being caught in an avalanche in a riding area northwest of Invermere, British Columbia

The avalanche safety group said three snowmobilers were riding on the slope above the whirlpool lake Saturday when two of the riders caught in the slide.

Avalanche Canada said one rider managed to avoid being buried, but the other was trapped under two meters of snow.

It said other riders found and exhumed the buried rider and performed CPR before search and rescue crews arrived and the victim was helicoptered to Invermere.

Avalanche Canada said the three were riding on slopes in the Thunderwater Lake area when the avalanche occurred.

The Canadian Avalanche Association and alpine enthusiasts have issued warnings of dangerously unstable snowpack in some parts of the province, where more than a dozen people have died in landslides this season.


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