Three killed in two BC avalanches
The avalanche death toll in western Canada has risen again after three more snowmobilers were swept away in two slides in British Columbia.
The most recent slide happened on Wednesday southwest of Kimberley.
A group of snowmobilers were caught in an avalanche in the hell Roaring Valley around 1 p.m.
A man in his twenties did not survive.
Kimberley Search and Rescue tell CTV News that four of the five men survived the slide. They immediately tried to dig out a fifth man who was buried at least three metres deep in the snow.
The men were all experienced snowmobilers and were properly equipped for the backcountry.
They were able to find their buried friend with the help of a transceiver. While they tried to revive the victim, another member of the group walked out and called for help.
RCMP say the man did not survive and the body was transported from the scene by helicopter.
CTV News has learned that all five men are from the Kimberley area.
It's not known what triggered the avalanche but officials describe recent conditions in the area as treacherous.
"I don't have anything confirmed through the Canadian Avalanche Centre but the history in the area this winter is just terrible. We're looking at deaths now into the twenties and a lot of these are snowmobilers. So I'm just going to say snowmobilers and skiers in this area, it's treacherous if you're out of bounds in areas where you don't know that the conditions are good." said Corporal Chris Faulkner with Kimberley RCMP.
RCMP has not released the name of the victim as they are trying to notify family members.
The second slide that claimed the lives of two Edmonton area men happened west of Jasper Tuesday near McBride, British Columbia.
Family members confirmed to CTV News Wednesday night Shane Scheideman and Cory Wagner are the two victims of the slide.
It happened on Renfrew Mountain, a third man managed to survive.
The lone survivor was able to free himself and his snowmobile and get to a nearby cabin for help.
Family members of the two deceased are in McBride waiting for recovery crews to bring the bodies out.
Crews have not been able to get to the area where the men are buried because it's too unstable. They will reassess the safety of the snowpack again Thursday morning.
RCMP had been notified Tuesday night after the snowmobilers' unoccupied vehicle was found in a parking lot.