One dead in avalanche southwest of Telkwa

  • Feb. 6, 2011 8:00 p.m.

The RCMP have said that one person was found deceased Saturday after an avalanche that occurred at the Sun Pitt/Sun Bowl at the Microwave, an area southwest of Telkwa at around 2 p.m.

Snowmobile activity and unstable snow conditions are thought to be contributing factors.

Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue (SAR) attended the scene by helicopter and confirmed that one person was deceased.

Police are not identifying the deceased local man until all next of kin have been notified.

The recovery of the body was being hampered by the dangerously high risk of a further avalanche, RCMP state. Access by helicopter on Sunday was impossible due to heavy snowfall.

Teams were scheduled to attend the scene on Monday (Feb. 7) to re-assess stability and to take the steps to make the area safe for SAR members.

RCMP say there will be further details released once they are known.

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