Search crews in Canada have recovered the bodies of two Boston residents caught in an avalanche while snowshoeing in Alberta’s Banff National Park,according to multiple reports.
The man and woman, both 32,were reported missing last week. Their bodies were found Friday, under 6 to 10 feet of snow on Mount Hector, CBS Boston confirmed. It said the pair were doctors,connected to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Their names were not released, in accordance with Canadian law concerning accident victims.
Officialsbegan searching after the pair missed their checkout time Monday at their motel, which contacted Royal Canadian Mounted Police, according to the news station. Their rental vehicle was discovered on a roadside, partially covered in snow.
Search teams initially used a helicopter because the area was too dangerous to traverse on foot. Officials said a short distance up the trail, they came upon a large avalanche blocking the way, and snowshoe tracks that went into the avalanche but never reappeared, CBC News Calgary reported.
The two had with them avalanche transceivers that signals a location to rescuers in the event of getting buried under the snow. Parks officials located the beacons on Thursday, and on Friday, the bodies were found and removed.