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Avalanche death toll at 15 after deadly weekend slides

Two snowmobilers who died in separate avalanches in northern BritishColumbia have brought the number of people killed in B.C. slides thiswinter to 15.

Two snowmobilers who died in separate avalanches in northern British Columbia have brought the number of people killed in B.C. slides this winter to 15.

Twelve of those victims have been snowmobilers.

Police yesterday identified the man killed in Friday’s avalanche near Valemount, just west of the Alberta border, as a 33-year-old Edmonton man.

His name has not been released at the request of his family.

“The six other members of his group located him using beacons, but could not revive him,” said RCMP Const. Craig Douglass. “The group was all equipped with avalanche gear.”

The following day another snowmobiler, whose identity hasn’t been released, was killed in a slide on Babcock Mountain near Tumbler Ridge, southwest of Dawson Creek.

He had been sledding with five other snowmobilers who were out of the path of the slide when it hit.

 
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