Alberta man killed in avalanche near Blue River

By James Peters / CFJC Today
February 11, 2019 - 10:48am Updated: February 11, 2019 - 5:45pm

BLUE RIVER — An avalanche has claimed a life near Blue River.

North District RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Madonna Saunderson confirms one person was killed Saturday afternoon at about 3:00 p.m. when a slide came down on a group out snowmobiling.

The location of the slide was about 70 kilometres south of Valemount, near the Bone Creek Forest Service Road.

"At this time, they're still confirming the identity of the individual who had succumbed to the snowmobile party avalanche that had happened in that area," said Saunderson. "Information is very limited at this time. I know search and rescue were called to assist."

According to CFJC Today affiliate Everything GP, the victim was a 24-year-old male from the Grande Prairie area.

Everything GP reports the man's body was not able to be retrieved until a day later.

An Avalanche Canada special warning was posted Thursday advising backcountry users that weak lower levels of the snowpack had raised the potential for an avalanche along several eastern B.C. mountain ranges.

Statistics posted by Avalanche Canada show the death is the fourth in B.C. this year.


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