Police identify B.C.'s latest avalanche victim
Published Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:37AM PST Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 6:58PM PDT
RCMP have now identified B.C.'s latest avalanche victim.
Harold Keith Waldner, 45, was buried by a slide in a remote mountainous area south of Chetwynd on Sunday.
He was one of more than a dozen snowmobilers who were out in the backcountry area when the slide hit, approximately 25 km from where they parked their vehicles.
Initially, five people were buried in the snow.
Police estimate the avalanche was up to three metres deep and two-thirds of a kilometre long.
Because of the high avalanche risk in the area, Waldner's body was not recovered by search and rescue crews until late Monday.
There have now been 13 people confirmed killed in avalanches in the B.C. backcountry in the past several weeks, including eight snowmobilers buried late last month near Fernie.
With files from The Canadian Press