Chetwynd avalanche victim had all the proper safety gear

Photo:  Serach crews start the search for Harold Waldner near the Hasler staging area – Braden Fox/Energeticcity.ca

The B-C Coroner’s Service says the snowmobiler killed in an avalanche near Chetwynd on Sunday was wearing an air bag but it was not deployed.

The air bag, which is designed to allow the wearer to float on top of an avalanche, was later tested and found to be in working order.

45-year-old Harold Keith Waldner of Rycroft, Alberta was among five snowmobilers who were engulfed by the slide.

Nine other members of the group managed to dig out their friends but Waldner could not be revived.

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