Snowmobiler dies after falling 100 feet into Pemberton glacier crevasse

Dec 19 2017, 8:52 pm

Another snowmobile accident has taken the life of an individual.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair says a 53-year-old Seattle area man died Saturday on the Appa Glacier, near Pemberton.

The snowmobiler drove into a large hole in the glacier, going down about 100 feet (30 metres) before stopping. At the time, the man was sledding with nine other snowmobilers.

It was one of four snowmobile accidents Whistler Search and Rescue responded to over the weekend.

“The snowmobilers in the fatal incident were well equipped, but in the other cases the snowmobilers were not,” said LeClair. “SAR had to attend for a chest injury and two shoulder injuries.”

LeClair wants to remind people of the dangers associated with riding in the back country and the need to be well prepared in case of an emergency.

The accident comes on the heels of a string of fatal avalanches, many of them involving snowmobilers, and repeated warnings from Avalanche Canada about dangerous conditions.

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