Avalanche in the Brandywine Bowl claims life of snowboarder

Whistler, Sea to Sky

2021-02-13 17:27 PST

File # 2021-732

On Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at approximately 2:03 pm Whistler RCMP were notified of an avalanche in the Brandywine Bowl of which multiple people had been swept into and one person remained missing.

Those in the area immediately began searching for the snowboarder and Whistler RCMP and Whistler Search and Rescue headed into the Callaghan Valley area.  Approximately 45 minutes later the 45 year old male from the Sea to Sky was located, and unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries. 

It is believed the group of three were caught in an initial avalanche and while trying to get out of the area another avalanche occurred which the trio was unable to avoid.  The Whistler RCMP will work alongside the BC Coroners Service in order to determine events which led up to this and other fatal incidents as of late.

"Four serious Search and Rescue calls in the last 3 days, 2 of them fatal, and a multitude of serious injuries," stated Sergeant Sascha Banks. "The calls speak for themselves...the backcountry in the Sea to Sky is not stable at the moment, its time to wait and postpone your touring trip here for another time.  This is hard on all of us: Search teams, bystanders, police, and most importantly the loved ones of those who have died and been injured. Their stories have valuable lessons of which we all need to learn from."

 

Released by

Sgt. Sascha Banks

Sea to Sky Operations Support NCO i/c
Squamish RCMP
1000 Finch Drive, Squamish BC V8B 0M5
Office: 604-892-6150
Cell: 604-389-8391
Fax: 604-892-6140

Email: sascha.banks@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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