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Snowmobiler dies in British Columbia avalanche

Snowmobiler dies near Smithers, BC.
Snowmobiler dies near Smithers, BC.

Jill Colton, staff writer

February 8, 2011 — A man in his 20's is dead after getting caught in an avalanche near Smithers, BC.

The avalanche was triggered by another avalanche.
The avalanche was triggered by another avalanche.

The slide happened at around 2 p.m. local time Saturday when the man was snowmobiling with friends.

According to Barry Finnegan with Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue it appears the victim was taking pictures when the avalanche was triggered by another snowmobile.

“The slope released and caught the individual, who was filming or taking pictures down below, and he was buried by the slide,” explained Finnegan in an interview on Saturday.

“The second individual managed to self-rescue and dug out the buried individual in about 10 minutes but, unfortunately, the buried snowmobiler did not survive.”

Avalanche risk warning
Avalanche risk warning

Heavy snow hitting BC and Alberta over the weekend hampered rescue efforts significantly with the threat of more avalanches.

The avalanche risk remains considerable for many areas.

It's been a fateful weekend for outdoor enthusiasts. A 36-year-old man died of head and chest injuries after he fell snowshoeing near Mount Seymour in North Vancouver.

With files from CBC BC.

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