FERNIE, B.C. -- Police say six bodies have been recovered from the scene of two avalanches that struck 11 snowmobilers in southeastern B.C.

The six bodies are being removed from the scene near Fernie by helicopter.

Two men are still unaccounted for.

Three other men had survived and walked to safety after the back-to-back avalanches on Sunday.

Police had said earlier that they still had hope for the men, all in their mid-20s and from Sparwood, but time was not on their side.

Search efforts were delayed by the need to bomb snow in the area to reduce the chance of more avalanches impeding rescuers.