Update (January 14): At 3:31 p.m. (PST), Columbia Valley RCMP announced that the body of the 24-year-old snowmobiler caught in the avalanche and swept into a lake was located and recovered by RCMP Underwater Recovery Divers.
One man has died while another remains missing after an avalanche struck in southeast British Columbia near the Alberta border.
Around 2:50 p.m. (MST) on January 12, the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre notified RCMP of snowmobilers caught in an avalanche on the east face of Mount Brewer, located southeast of Invermere in the Purcell Mountains.
Nine people from Calgary had been snowmobiling together when an avalanche, reportedly triggered by one of the individuals who had been high-marking, or riding up a slope as far as possible before descending.
Columbia Valley Search and Rescue recovered a 51-year-old man from Calgary, who was flown to Invermere and District Hospital where, despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead.
However, a 24-year-old male, the son of the 51-year-old man, remains missing and is presumed deceased, according to Columbia Valley RCMP. Their names are not being released.
As he is believed to have been swept into a lake, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team initiated a search on January 13, which continued today.
The other seven snowmobilers were not injured.
Today (January 14), Avalanche Canada issued a mountain condition report stating that warming temperatures are expected to reach their high-point today, which may create unexpected conditions, and that areas with shallow and weak snowpack are of concern, particularly in the Purcell and south Rocky Mountains.
Meanwhile on January 3, 42-year-old Squamish cyclist Chris McCrum died in an avalanche near Pemberton.More