Search continues for man missing near Chetwynd, BC

Photo:  Search crews gathered at the staging area at Hasler Monday afternoon – Braden Fox/Energeticcity.ca

The search continues for a man hit by an avalanche near Chetwynd on Sunday.

RCMP constable Craig Douglass confirms search and rescue personnel, along with an avalanche expert, are using a helicopter to search the debris, and also determine if the area is safe for surface access. As of 3 pm Monday, Cst. Douglass says the search is ongoing. [asset|aid=788|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8002890bc2846cb5d7405318ddeadaa1-douglass-3pm_1_Pub.mp3]

Police were first notified of the disaster at shortly after 2pm on Sunday, when the avalanche struck in a remote mountainous area south of Chetwynd. Recovery efforts were delayed on Sunday, as the area was determined to still be at risk for another slide.

13 of the 14 members of the snowmobiling group have been accounted for, leaving just one man still missing in the area. The man is thought to be deceased – his identity has not yet been released.

For more – http://www.energeticcity.ca/news/01/11/09/friends-tried-save-avalanche-victim-near-chetwynd. http://www.energeticcity.ca/news/01/11/09/group-snowmobilers-caught-avalanche-near-chetwynd-one-dead