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Man dead after driving snowmobile off cliff

An undated photo taken of a sledder in the Owl Head Recreation Area east of Sicamous. A 49-year-old man died in the recreation area after driving his sled off a cliff, Friday, Jan. 10, 2015.
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January 10, 2015 - 11:16 AM

SICAMOUS – The RCMP have confirmed a 49-year-old man was killed in a snowmobile accident in Shuswap backcountry Friday afternoon, Jan. 9.

Police say the man was driving his snowmobile in the Owl Head Recreation Area east of Sicamous when he mistakenly drove off a 40-foot high cliff.

RCMP officers, paramedics with the B.C. Ambulance Service and volunteers with both the Salmon Arm and Vernon Search and Rescue teams responded to the accident at about 12:30 p.m.

Both Vernon Search and Rescue and B.C. Ambulance helicopters were on the scene within an hour.

The victim couldn’t be resuscitated and he was pronounced dead, according to a RCMP media release.

The B.C. Coroners Service and the RCMP are investing.

Police aren’t releasing the victim’s name until they speak with his family.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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