Update - Emergency crews reach the avalanche site, one confirmed deceased

B.C. Southeast District, B.C., Merritt

2020-01-04 16:45 PST

File # 2020-81

RCMP and search and rescue personnel reached the avalanche site by air earlier this afternoon.

Click here to view the original news release.

On January 4, 2020 at 12:41 p.m., Merritt RCMP received a report of an avalanche triggered near Cabin Lake and Prospect Creek. Initial reports from the scene had indicated that one person was attempting to locate a second person trapped by the slide. Both men were snowmobiling together in the back country when the avalanche occurred.

The victim was located by searchers, but sadly he did not survive, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP. The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is now investigating the man’s sudden death.

Due to the privacy of the deceased, as per the Coroners Act, the man’s identity will not be released. No further information will be released by the RCMP or the BC Coroners Service.

RCMP continue to encourage the public to closely monitor the Avalanche Canada website for current conditions, danger ratings in their area, and use extra caution when travelling in the back country.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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