Six bodies retrieved in Canada avalanches

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Canadian police recovered the bodies on Monday of six of the eight snowmobilers missing since they were hit by a pair of avalanches in western Canada‘s backcountry.

“There are six bodies recovered, and we’re still looking for two more,” said RCMP Cpl. Chris Faulkner, who acknowledged it was very unlikely the missing men were still alive.

The eight men went missing late Sunday after two avalanches struck on a mountain 40 kilometers south of Fernie, British Columbia, some 300 kilometers southwest of Calgary.

The avalanches came after a big freeze in Fernie, followed by a heavy snowfall in the past 10 days and then a thaw.

Fifteen avalanche technicians scanned the site by helicopter and snow cat and were assisted by two RCMP police dogs and handlers trained in avalanche rescue operations.

Avalanches cause deadly incidents almost every year in Canada, especially in the Rocky Mountains. In 2003, seven high school students from Calgary died in an avalanche during a school ski trip.

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