tragic news of death in kootenays

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ROSSLAND, B.C. — Emergency crews are at the scene of an avalanche in south central British Columbia and RCMP say one person may be trapped.

The Mounties say the avalanche was reported around 3:30 p.m. local time in the Mount Mackie area, near Rossland, B.C. The report was called in from a snowmobiler. RCMP in nearby Trail, B.C. and search and rescue crews are at the scene.

It was reported that one person may be trapped, RCMP said in a statement.

But police say rescuers have yet to confirm that report.
 

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Man oh man....sad news...not good way to start 2010....condolences to family
 

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sad news, my condolances

isnt the K.K from Rossland?
wonder if he knew her?? or knows more about what happenned?
 

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Heard the news on the Radio this AM... Sad news:(
 

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Too bad, condolences to the family and friends. Another fellow died in Cooke not that long ago too! Hope this year isn't a repeat of last year!! :(
 

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Alberta skier dies in avalanche near Rossland, B.C., Monday
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | 7:40 am

Canwest News Service

An Alberta man has died in an avalanche while skiing with three other back-country enthusiasts in the Mt. Mackie area near Rossland, B.C.

Trail RCMP say the group were on a non-commercial ski outing when the avalanche struck.

Three other men from Alberta and B.C. escaped the slide around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, but one man was buried.

Recovery efforts were suspended until Tuesday morning due to dangerous conditions on the mountains, and the road has been closed to restrict access.

"The three remaining skiers were able to get out of the area and sought refuge at a base cabin," said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

A local Snow Cat operator spotted the group and returned to the slide area, finding the victim and confirming he had died in the avalanche.

The ski outfitter "was forced to leave immediately due to the dangerous conditions and was unable to remove the deceased," said Moskaluk.

Trail RCMP and Rossland search and rescue also tried to enter the area but had to suspend the effort due to unstable snow conditions, he said.

The man's identity has not been released.

Three-quarters of the 26 people who died in avalanches in Canada in the winter of 2008/2009 were snowmobilers.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre had issued a bulletin for the Kootenay Boundary district suggesting back-country enthusiasts take extra caution and be trained to deal with avalanches.

Moskaluk said the four involved in the latest fatality, the first of 2010, were experienced and had proper equipment


Please stay out of the challenging and complex terrain for a while folks.
RIP
RS
 

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Snowmobile skier dies in B.C. avalanche
Updated: Mon Jan. 04 2010 21:43:21

ctvbc.ca




One person has died in an avalanche near Rossland, B.C., search and rescue officials have confirmed.


Officials with Rossland Search and Rescue said they were unable to recover the victim late Monday due to dangerous conditions.


Representatives of Big Red Cats, a snowcat ski operation in the area, said on their website that they received a call about 3:30 p.m. Monday from a snowmobile skier who had just dug out his friend from an avalanche on Mt. Mackie.


There were four friends out snowmobile skiing and one got caught in the avalanche, the company said.


The company sent out its guides who were able to locate the victim.


"After our guides located the victim and determined that he was no longer alive, they left the area" due to dangerous conditions, the company said.

Rossland is about 600 kilometres east of Vancouver.

Monday's avalanche comes on the heels of the recent anniversary of a deadly avalanche in the small B.C. community of Sparwood.


A year ago, eight men were killed when a series of avalanches pounded down on them as they were backcountry snowmobiling.




With files from CTV British Columbia'
 

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Search and rescue teams are scouring a remote area near Rossland, B.C., for the body of an Alberta man killed in an avalanche Monday.


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Police say the avalanche was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. PT in the Mount Mackie area.

The man, in his early 30s, was on a snowmobile that got caught in the slide. Three other snowmobilers in the same party escaped the avalanche and went for help.

More than 40 search and rescue officials responded to the call Monday, but were forced to abandon their search because of the danger of more slides.

Police say all four men were experienced and were equipped with the proper backcountry gear.

The identity of the deceased has not been made public. This is the first avalanche death of the year in B.C.

Rossland is about 850 kilometres east of Vancouver
 
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