Five people have been killed, and 6 more rescued, in an avalanche near McBride. The slide occurred around 2:00pm Friday under bright sunny skies.
Coroner Barb McLintock says two coroners have been dispatched from Prince George, B.C., and RCMP are investigating.
The group was snowmobiling in the popular Renshaw area just north of the small community, about 210 kilometres southeast of Prince George.
Dale Mason with Robson Valley Search and Rescue says the slide was categorized as size three, out of five.
RCMP say at least three separate groups of snowmobilers were caught in the avalanche. Police say two search and rescue technicians were on scene almost immediately as they were snowmobiling in the area just prior to the slide occurring.
Karl Klassen of Avalanche Canada said the “very large, significant” avalanche appears to be human-triggered.
News of the avalanche has created an outpouring of support.
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond issued a statement on behalf of the B-C government that said “Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost a loved one.”
The victims of the slide have not been identified.