The body of man from Hythe Alberta has been recovered following an avalanche in Tumbler Ridge Saturday.
The body was recovered at 2:15pm Sunday afternoon after members of the local Search and Rescue, Tumbler Ridge RCMP and an Avalanche Technician flew up to the site. Due to the extreme terrain, avalanche risk and oncoming darkness yesterday, it was decided by those on scene that they would make their way out of the area and head back to their staging area.
PEP organized a helicopter out of Prince George to fly up to the area of the incident and retrieve the body of the deceased. The avalanche technician determined that it was relatively safe for the helicopter to land near where the incident occurred. Tumbler Ridge Mayor Larry White says the avalanche occured on a mountain called the Terminator in the Babcock area south of Tumbler Ridge. The Mayor went on to say he believes this is the first fatal avalanche in the communities history.
The body of a 30 year old male from Hythe Alberta, was retrieved, then was taken to the Tumbler Ridge Medical Clinic.
The British Columbia Coroners Service will be investigating the incident. At this time the name of the sledder is not being released as the Coroners investigation is ongoing.
Photo: Terminator Mountain as seen several years ago – Snowest.com