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Alberta man dies in fatal avalanche in BC backcountry…

FERNIE, BC: Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue have recover the body of a 36 year old male from Alberta who died in an avalanche on Monday.

On Monday, January 8, 2018 at approximately 6pm, the Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie Search and Rescue were notified of a fatal avalanche that occurred in the Lizard Mountain range east of Fernie Monday afternoon. Searchers have located and recovered the body of a 36 year-old male from Calgary, Alberta who died in the avalanche.

To date the investigation has revealed that the avalanche was triggered by back country skiers, with two individuals off skiing on their own at the time of the slide. Both were caught, one self rescued and dug the second out who was deceased. Both were carrying appropriate equipment including transceiver/transmitter, probe and shovel and were experienced.

Fernie Search and Rescue technicians removed the remaining 9 members of the ski group out of the area to safety and have completed the recovery of the deceased.

The BC Corner Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate the incident. No further information is being released.

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