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RCMP issue warning after fatal avalanche in south Cariboo

An image posted of a South Cariboo Search and Rescue crew responding to the snowmobile area near Eureka Peak, Monday, March 29, 2021.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/South Cariboo Search and Rescue

The public is being asked to stay clear of an area near Eureka Peak in the Williams Lake area following a deadly avalanche.

Williams Lake RCMP say one person died during the avalanche yesterday, March 29, and police were notified of the incident at 6:52 p.m.

"A 37-year-old man was with a group of snowmobilers when the avalanche happened, and sadly, the man was buried in the snow," an RCMP news release reads.

Police say when rescue crews arrived in a helicopter, they found the site completely buried and were unable to set down.

However they did find a transponder.

The site in the south Cariboo west of Wells Gray Provincial Park is not safe for public access, and while rescue crews were hoping to further scout the scene, conditions may hamper them from doing so.

RCMP are asking the public to stay clear of the area as there is the possibility that avalanche control measures will take place.

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