CHETWYND, B.C. – A 27-year-old-man has died following an avalanche in the Chetwynd area.
On February 20th, just after 2:30 p.m., Chetwynd RCMP was notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of a device signal, InReach Spot, on the east face of the Murray Mountain range near Mt. Gilliland just south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park, which is located south-west of Chetwynd.
The InReach device revealed that an avalanche had taken place while a group of snowmobilers were in the area, and a man was missing. RCMP notified the North Peace Search & Rescue (SAR), but due to weather conditions and the risk of another avalanche, SAR ground crews could not immediately search the area.
The snowmobilers group had avalanche safety beacons and, with assistance from another group in the area, located and recovered the 27-year-old deceased male.
Low visibility led to RCMP and SAR members unable to assist until Sunday, February 21st. SAR attended the area by helicopter to recover the deceased male.
The death is not deemed suspicious, and no further information will be released at this time.
RCMP recommend monitoring the Avalanche Canada website for conditions in the area and always use extra caution when travelling in the backcountry. Be sure to share any travel itineraries with family and friends and have the appropriate equipment.