5 Snowmobilers Killed in British Columbia Avalanche


Authorities have identified five snowmobilers killed in an avalanche that swept down a crowded mountain in British Columbia, Canada, on Friday.

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No one else is unaccounted for following the disaster near the village of McBride, authorities said. Seventeen people were on the mountain and caught in the avalanche, police said. The five killed were all from Alberta.

They were identified by the British Columbia Coroners Service as:

  • Vincent Eugene Loewen, 52, of Vegreville
  • Tony Christopher Greenwood, 41, of Grand Prairie County
  • Ricky Robinson, 55, of Spruce Grove
  • Todd William Chisholm, 47, of St. Albert
  • John Harold Garley, 49, of Stony Plain

The avalanche, around 2,300 feet across and between 2,300 and 2,600 feet long, struck as four separate groups of snowmobilers were on the mountain and bystanders immediately began digging survivors out, officials said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil Helsel

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