Friends and family remember 5 Alberta snowmobilers killed in McBride avalanche865 views
The B.C. coroner has confirmed the five snowmobilers killed in an avalanche near McBride, B.C., are from Alberta.
The dead are identified as Vincent Eugene Loewen, 52, of Vegreville, Tony Christopher Greenwood, 41, of Grande Prairie County, Ricky Robinson, 55, of Spruce Grove, Todd William Chisholm, 47, of St. Albert and John Harold Garley, 49, of Stony Plain.
A leading expert said the window to rescue someone who’s been buried is about 10 minutes, as the fallen snow hardens like concrete.
Karl Klassen of Avalanche Canada has said that the avalanche appears to have been human-triggered, but he did not elaborate. He said rain and snow over the last few days followed by clearing and cooling on Friday may have produced stresses in the snowpack.
Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and NDP leader Tom Mulcair both offered their condolences to victims’ families.
Two men were also killed in the McBride area in March 2015. They were part of a group of four Albertans who had been snowmobiling near the community.