Man killed in avalanche near Sparwood was from Alberta

The snowmobiler killed Friday afternoon in an avalanche near Sparwood was a 34-year-old Albertan.

  • Mar. 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.

The snowmobiler killed Friday afternoon in an avalanche near Sparwood was a 34-year-old Albertan.

“The information that I have right now is that there were a group of snowmobilers from Alberta involved in the incident,” said Mark Coleman, regional coroner. “The deceased gentleman is from Alberta. He is 34 years old.”

Coleman said he didn’t know the name of the victim or his hometown and the investigation continues.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre had issued a warning Friday that the backcountry avalanche risk was high due to weak layers in the snowpack.

Coroner Barb McLintock said that search-and-rescue officials received a satellite phone call from a group of people in the Corbin area about 30 km southeast of Sparwood, where cell phone coverage is non existent.

She said a coroner was dispatched to the scene just after 2 p.m.

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