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Coroners' service names victims of deadly ice-climbing fall near Whistler, B.C.

Rescue crew members board a helicopter in Pemberton, B.C., Monday, Jan.12, 2015 to search for missing ice climbers. Three ice climbers have been found dead near Whistler, B.C., north of Vancouver. The bodies of the two women and a man were discovered in a crevasse about 300 metres below Joffre Peak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Steers
January 13, 2015 - 3:02 PM

VANCOUVER - Three Metro Vancouver residents have been identified by the coroners service as the victims of a deadly ice-climbing fall north of Whistler, B.C.

Coroner Barb McLintock says 35-year-old Elena Cernicka of North Vancouver and 31- and 30-year-olds Charles Mackenzie and Stephanie Grothe of Vancouver died after falling on Mount Joffre near Pemberton on Sunday.

She says Mackenzie was originally from Scotland and Grothe was from Germany.

McLintock says the trio travelled with a group to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Saturday and spent the night in a backcountry hut.

She says the three went ice climbing, but when they didn't return, the others in the group began a search and spotted one person deceased.

Members of Pemberton Search and Rescue found the two others on Monday morning dead, after they had apparently fallen about 600 metres down a steep-mountain gorge.

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