UPDATE: Two snowmobilers killed in avalanche near Blue River

Clearwater RCMP confirm that both of the deceased are from Alberta.

Clearwater RCMP have confirmed that two adult male snowmobilers have been killed in an avalanche that occurred Monday evening, March 14 in the Blue River area.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Clearwater RCMP received a report of an avalanche that had occurred 30 km northwest of Blue River. Two snowmobilers were reported as being buried in the slide.

Search and Rescue resources were activated at that time with search and recovery efforts to commence at first light on Tuesday.

The report received was that two snowmobilers out of a group of seven had been buried by a snow-slide. The other five snowmobilers were able to avoid the avalanche.

The sledders were equipped with rescue equipment and were able to locate and dig out the two unresponsive men. However, CPR efforts failed to revive the two.

The remaining sledders were able to radio for assistance but due to darkness and unsafe conditions, the survivors left the area Monday evening.

As of Tuesday morning, volunteers from Wells Gray Search and Rescue plus Kamloops Search and Rescue, assisted by the RCMP Air Services helicopter, were attempting to recover the bodies of the two men.

Clearwater RCMP has confirmed that both of the deceased are from Alberta.

At around noon on Tuesday, police reported that the bodies had safely been removed with the help of Wells Grey Search and Rescue along with Yellowhead helicopters. The families have been notified and the investigation will now be completed by BC Coroners Service.

Police remind those heading out into the backcountry to carry essential gear, including a shovel, transceiver and probe poles. People should plan their trip and check with the Canadian Avalanche Center web page for current local conditions