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Snowmobiler missing after avalanche south of Chetwynd

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February 03, 2020 - 4:02 PM

One man is missing following an avalanche that engulfed a group of snowmobilers in northern British Columbia yesterday.

Chetwynd RCMP were notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre after an emergency beacon was detected on the east face of the Murray Mountain range between Mt. Hunter and Milburn Peak south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park, according to an RCMP media release.

Police were notified of the signal just after 4 p.m. Pine Le Moray Park is located southwest of Chetwynd.

It was determined an avalanche occurred with a group of snowmobilers in the area. One man was reported missing.

Chetwynd RCMP notified local search and rescue for assistance but crews could not access the area due to poor weather conditions.

Search and rescue crews along with RCMP air services and police dog services are prepared to respond at the first opportunity.

Police say more information will be released as it becomes available.

Those enjoying backcountry outings are advised to monitor Avalanche Canada’s website for conditions in the area of choice, and use extra caution when travelling the back country.

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