BC Coroners Service investigating after man killed in avalanche south of Merritt

Avalanche Canada cited “very dangerous avalanche conditions” in the area on Saturday

On Saturday afternoon (Jan. 4), Mounties and search and rescue personnel reached the site of an avalanche south of Merritt that killed a snowmobiler.

On Saturday at 12:40 p.m., RCMP received a report of an avalanche about 55 kilometres southwest of Merritt, near Cabin Lake and Prospect Creek.

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Initial reports from the scene indicated one person was attempting to find a second person trapped by the slide. Both men were snowmobiling together in the back country when the avalanche occurred.

“The victim was located by searchers, but sadly, he did not survive,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said, noting the BC Coroners Service is investigating.

Avalanche Canada cited “very dangerous avalanche conditions” in the area on Saturday.

Police say the man’s identity will not be released, citing privacy legislation.

Those heading outdoors are urged to monitor the Avalanche Canada website for current conditions and to use extra caution when travelling in the backcountry.

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