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News – Skier dies in an avalanche near Pemberton, British Columbia

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Friday, January 4, 2019, 20:43 –

A 42-year-old man from Squamish, BC, died after being caught in an avalanche near Pemberton on Thursday.

Whistler RCMP said the victim was found on Friday around noon from an area known as Pellblick Creek. Time and lack of light have delayed recovery.

Sgt. Rob Capton says he was with a group of skiers who were well prepared for the conditions in the country and had avalanche lighthouses.

"This group was properly equipped to be there, and it only shows that there is a risk in the back, no matter how much equipment there is," he said.

"There is nothing that suggests that this group actually did something wrong, they were properly equipped, but that's just one of these unfortunate things that are happening."

Avalanche prone area on one mountain inside the B.C. from a file photo. (PS)

On Thursday, Avalanche Canada issued an extreme warning for an avalanche for the area after the storm brought tens of centimeters of snow.

After the victim was caught in the slide around the middle of the afternoon, other members could locate and dig it. But he could not come alive.

"Unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries," said Capt.

Police say the dead man in an avalanche near Pemberton, BC on January 3, 2019, they had adequate equipment for the back country, such as a beacon and a transponder. (Nic Amaya / CBC)

Some members of the group stayed in the back country during the night. Others skied to get help. Knapton says there is a cabin in the area where those who stayed overnight could get sheltered.

Kpton says that the husband's family has been notified of the death, and the Serbian Coroner's Service is investigating it.

This article was originally published by CBC News and written by Chad Pauson.


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