A Calgary firefighter is confirmed as the man who died in an avalanche in B.C. on February 20.
According to the B.C. Coroners’ Service, 30-year-old Nicholas Roberts had gone to Quartz Creek to go snowmobiling with two men from Calgary and one from Winnipeg when at about 11 a.m. on Saturday, a size three avalanche struck.
Roberts was buried under the snow. The other three men were able to dig him out, but resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.
Initial reports suggested two people had been buried, and a helicopter rescue ensued, according to the Golden-Field RCMP. The 40-year-old Winnipeg man was flown to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The Calgary Fire Department tweeted about the tragedy on Monday.
Please keep the Roberts family in your thoughts and prayers during this tragic and difficult time.
— CGYFireFighters (@CGYFireFighters) February 22, 2016
Another avalanche occurred the next day, injuring several people on a group skiing trip, some critically. A 64-year-old male from Canmore was transported to hospital in critical condition, as well as a 58-year-old woman from Calgary with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The BC Coroners’ Service says they’re continuing to investigate Roberts’ death.