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Rescuers reach skiers stranded by small avalanche

The injured man was one of four who were skiing in the park Tuesday afternoon.
The injured man was one of four who were skiing in the park Tuesday afternoon.

Daniel Martins, staff writer

January 9, 2013 — Just before 10 pm local time Tuesday night, Comox Valley Search and Rescue technicians reached a group of four skiers who were stranded in Strathcona Provincial Park following a small avalanche.

Wednesday's avalanche risk
Wednesday's avalanche risk

Officials say the group of four were found in good spirits after surviving a small avalanche on BC's Mount Washington on Vancouver Island.

The group called 911 just after 2 pm PST, prompting the search by RCMP and the Comox Valley Search and Rescue. 

Comox Valley RCMP Staff Sgt. Andrew Isles told The Weather Network that the group was requesting help for one skier who sustained a leg injury. 

"One of the party of four was apparently swept away with it," Isles said. "They were able to recover him and he apparently has a leg injury." 

According to RCMP, the 18-year-old male suffered minor leg injuries, but the rest of the men, age 27, 30 and 30, were found uninjured and safe. 

Search crews worked for several hours to reach the skiers, through areas of rugged terrain and heavy accumulations of fresh snowfall.

Officials say the group remained in contact via cell phone throughout the day. 

The avalanche risk remains "high" through Wednesday and conditions are favourable for a Weather Network team hoping to capture a slide on camera

Be sure to tune into The Weather Network on TV for regular updates from Kelsey McEwen, Mark Robinson and George Kourounis.

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