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Kamloops man dies in snowmobile incident near Barriere

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January 29, 2018 - 4:01 PM

BARRIERE - A Kamloops man has died after an apparent snowmobile accident in the backcountry near Barriere yesterday.

B.C. Coroners Service spokesperson Andy Watson says he can confirm a Kamloops man in his 50s died in the backcountry near Barriere last night, Jan. 28.

"I can confirm we’re in the early stages of this investigation," Watson says.

Search and rescue members, RCMP officers and B.C. Ambulance personal all helped retrieve the body from the Harp Mountain area.

Kamloops Search and Rescue search manager Alan Hobler says his crew was called out to help rescue a man who was pinned under a snowmobile yesterday at approximately noon.

He says they were called out to support Barriere Search and Rescue in an area north east of the town.

"It was very tricky for us with the weather conditions," Hobler says.

Because of poor visibility air ambulance was unable to reach the man. Search and rescue deployed its own snowmobile team to help free the man.

Hobler says on their way out, they ran into a group of snowmobilers who had come across the man and attempted to free him before search and rescue got there.

Search crews transported the man to B.C. Ambulance at approximately 7 p.m.

"He was deceased," Hobler says.

The man was with friends during the backcountry outing.

For three of the Kamloops Search and Rescue members, it was their first ever task with the team. As is similar with police officers and firefighters, Hobler says a critical incident debriefing will be held.

Hobler says search and rescue crews from across the region, including the Nicola Valley, Wells Gray and South Cariboo, all assisted with the rescue.


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