Five snowmobilers die in Canadian avalanche

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Five people snowmobiling in a group of 17 died when an avalanche struck British Colombia on Friday. Julie Noce reports.

Five snowmobilers die in Canadian avalanche

Five people who died in an avalanche in British Columbia Canada on Friday were from Alberta, officials said.

The victims, who ranged in age from 41 to 55, were among four groups of snowmobilers about 20 kilometers of east of McBride when the avalanche struck.

Members of a local volunteer search and rescue group happened to be on a ride only a few hundred meters from the deadly avalanche and went to help the victims.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROD WHELPTON, SEARCH AND RESCUE MANAGER, SAYING:

“I believe that the helicopters and the search and the rescue crew that joined us was very helpful. And that’s the only reason we got them out so fast.”

The B.C. Coroners Service said it and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were still investigating the deaths.

The site of the accident had been ordered closed, although some snowmobilers could be seen heading out on Saturday on trails in areas nearby.

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