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News – The skier dies in the 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 says the victim was recovered Friday around lunch in an area known as Pebble Creek. Weather and a lack of light delayed recovery.

Sgt. Rob Knapton says the man was with a group of skiers who were well prepared for the conditions behind the country and had avalanche beacons.

"This group has been properly equipped to be there and shows you there are inherent risks in the back country, no matter what equipment you have," he said.

"There is nothing to indicate that this group has done anything wrong in fact, they were properly equipped, but it's just one of those unfortunate things that's going on."

An avalanche area of ​​the mountain inside B.C. from a file photo. (CCC)

On Thursday, Avalanche Canada issued an extreme avalanche alert for the area after a storm brought tens of inches of snow.

After the victim was caught in the slide around the afternoon, other members managed to locate and escape him. But he could not be resurrected.

"Unfortunately, he gave up his injuries," Knapton said.

Policemen say the man was killed in an avalanche near Pemberton, B.C. on January 3, 2019, had country-appropriate equipment such as a beacon and a transponder. (Nic Amaya / CBC)

Some members of the group stayed overnight across the country. Others tried to help. Knapton says there is a cabin in the area where those who stayed overnight were able to take shelter.

Knapton says the man's family was informed of death, and Coroners BC is investigating.

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

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