Avalanche claims life northeast of Prince George

An avalanche northeast of Prince George Saturday has claimed the life of one snowmobiler.

An avalanche northeast of Prince George Saturday has claimed the life of one snowmobiler.

“A party of five snowmobiles were riding when one member of the group became involved in an avalanche,” said Dale Bull, a manager and information officer with Prince George Search and Rescue, Sunday morning. “That one person was fatally injured.”

The other four members of the party were uninjured and able to ride out of the area, Bull said, noting the avalanche response team was able to recover the body of the deceased individual.

Saturday’s avalanche occurred in the Torpy area approximately 100km north east of Prince George.

When the snowmobilers contacted RCMP to alert them of the incident, the RCMP called on Search and Rescue just before noon, Saturday.

“A five member avalanche response team was dispatched to the area on snowmobile while others remained ready to access the area via helicopter. Unfortunately the weather prohibited the use of helicopters,” Bull said.

 

The avalanche occurred the day after the Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a special avalanche warning for B.C.’s backcountry.