Search for snowmobiler caught in Invermere area fatal avalanche continues

Columbia Valley

2019-01-14 08:56 PST

File # 2019-114

The Columbia Valley RCMP and Columbia Valley Search and Rescue team attended to a fatal avalanche on Mount Brewer near Invermere this past weekend. Two men from a group of nine snowmobilers were swept away by the avalanche on Saturday. One male was recovered deceased and the other is missing presumed deceased.

On Saturday January 12, 2019 at approximately 2:50 pm (MST), the Columbia Valley RCMP was notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of an emergency beacon message regarding snowmobilers being caught in an avalanche on the East face of Mount Brewer, just southeast of Invermere.

Search and Rescue helicopter and truck

A group of nine snowmobilers from Alberta (Calgary) were snowmobiling together. The avalanche was reportedly triggered after one of the snowmobilers was high marking. Columbia Valley RCMP requested the assistance of the local Search & Rescue team, who attended the location and recovered a 51-year-old male from Calgary. CPR was initiated and the male was flown to the Invermere and District Hospital where he was confirmed deceased.

A 24-year-old male from Calgary is still missing and believed to have been swept into a lake. The missing 24-year-old male is the son of the deceased 51-year-old male. The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team attended on January 13th and search efforts will resume Monday morning.

No injuries were reported to the other seven snowmobilers.

No further information is being released at this time.

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