Avalanche takes life of Celista man

Avalanche has taken the life of a yet another snowmobiler – the second in one week.

An avalanche has taken the life of a yet another snowmobiler – the second in one week.

Chase RCMP have confirmed that a 38-year-old male sledder from Celista died as a result of an avalanche in the Crowfoot Mountain recreational area on Sunday March 13.

At around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, police received a report of an overdue snowmobiler possibly being involved in an avalanche, says RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

The Shuswap Search and Rescue (SAR) team was immediately activated at the time of the report.

The three avalanche technicians were flown over the area to assess the scene and deemed it safe to land.

“About that time, the subject was found, just before 1 p.m. and the subject was deceased,” says SAR manager John Schut sadly, noting the funeral for the sledder who died in an avalanche near Owl’s Head last week was taking place at the same time.

The body was turned over to the Coroner’s Office in the parking lot of the Crowfoot Snowmobile Club.