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Date: 2001-02-18
Submitted By: Frank W. Baumann
Place: Monsahee Mountains near Revelstoke
State: BC
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 4 heli-skiers caught, 1 killed, 3 injured

This report is from B.C. T.V. in Vancouver ( ).

British Tourist Killed While Heli-Skiing Near Revelstoke

Second Fatal Avalanche In B.C. In One Week

Revelstoke, B.C., 9:55 a.m. PST February 20, 2001 --For the

second time in a week, there's been a deadly avalanche in B.C.

A 46-year-old tourist from London, England was killed while heli-skiing

in the Monsahee Mountains near Revelstoke on Sunday.

The British man was on a tour organized by the Canadian Mountain

Holidays heli-ski company. Four men were caught in the slide. Two

escaped with minor injuries and a third is being treated in Kelowna for a

serious leg injury.

Another followup from BCTV

An English ski tourist is dead after an avalanche in the Monashees caught him and three other members of his party Sunday

afternoon. The tragedy happened north of Mica at around 2:30 p.m. The 46-year-old man from London, England was the only

fatality but another member of the party is in hospital in Kelowna for surgery to deal with a serious leg injury. As of Monday the

name of the dead man had not been released. The man was part of a Canadian Mountain Holidays tour group.

RCMP, the coroner's office, the Canadian Avalanche Office, and Canadian Mountain Holidays are all conducting investigations of

the incident. Coroner Dale Davis said four men were caught in the slide. The deceased was buried the deepest and Davis said he may

have been dead by the time the rest of the party dug him out. His wife was in the ski party but she was not caught in the avalanche.

The man was brought down by helicopter with a doctor performing CPR on him during the trip but he was pronounced dead on

arrival. Davis said that injuries sustained during the slide may have caused the man's death. The ribs along one side of the body were

all broken as though the slide had bashed the man against either a tree or a rock on the way down.

Last Tuesday, two sisters from Sweden were killed in an avalanche in the

Lizard Range near Fernie.

They were part of a group of 13 European skiers who were inexperienced

and ill-equipped to be skiing on backcountry mountains.

The Avalanche Association's latest bulletin says the weak snowpack in

many of B.C.'s backcountry areas has created unusual avalanche