Fatal avalanche in the backcountry

Columbia Valley

2023-04-18 14:06 PDT

File # 2023-805

On April 15th, 2023, at 11:30 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP were called to a report of an avalanche near Thunderwater Lake, northwest of Invermere, BC. One person was believed to have been buried.

Search and Rescue crews arrived in the area with a helicopter.

A 36-year-old man was found deceased as a result of the avalanche, and was transported to Invermere, BC. The man was snowmobiling with a group of two other snowmobilers, who were both found safe.

The Columbia Valley RCMP continues to assist the BC Coroners Service in the investigation.

For more information and safety tips in the backcountry, please visit the following sources:

Avalanche Canada: www.avalanche.ca
AdventureSmart program: www.adventuresmart.ca
BC Snowmobile Federation: www.bcsf.org

Released by:

Cpl. James Grandy
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398

Email: james.grandy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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