Avalanche results in one fatality, one critical injury


2023-01-10 11:51 PST

File # 2023-127

An avalanche near the Goat Range Provincial Park has resulted in the death of one person and critical injuries to a second.

On January 9, 2023 at 12:23 p.m., the Kaslo RCMP were called to a report of an avalanche near the Groat Range Provincial Park. Two skiers were caught in the avalanche, one of whom was rescued and provided first aid by others in the area, while the search began for the second. The second individual was later located, unfortunately, efforts to save their life were unsuccessful. The injured skier was evacuated by helicopter to a local area hospital in critical condition.

The two appear to have entered the area by way of snowmobile and hiked to ski a bowl in the alpine.

Thanks to the bystanders for their quick action in recovering and providing care for the skiers, said Corporal Harland Venema of the Kaslo RCMP.

The Kaslo RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service in the investigation.

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