The body of one of two men buried in the province’s most recent avalanches has been recovered, while officials wait for safer conditions to recover the victim of the second slide.

The two avalanches, which happened near Sicamous and Chetwynd on Sunday, bring the death toll from B.C. slides this winter to 13.

Matt Simmons, 24, was killed while snowmobiling in the Mara Mountain area near Sicamous.


RCMP Sgt. Gord Molendyk said yesterday that around 30 snowmobilers helped search for Simmons, who was found late Sunday afternoon.

“Because he was not wearing a beacon it took some time for them to locate him,” Molendyk said.

Meanwhile, the search for another snowmobiler swept away in the avalanche near Chetwynd is on hold until technicians deem the area safe.

A group of 14 snowmobilers were able to dig the man’s body out but had to leave him there because of dangerous conditions.

“The name, age and other details of the deceased will not be released until identity can be confirmed,” said RCMP Const. Craig Douglass.

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