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Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Concludes Scene Investigation of Renfrew Avalanche Site

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PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan 31, 2016) -

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Jan. 31, 2016

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General BC Coroners Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN

BC Coroners Service concludes scene investigation of Renfrew avalanche site

PRINCE GEORGE - The BC Coroners Service has concluded its scene investigation of the area of the Renfrew snowmobiling area near McBride where five men died on Jan. 29 as a result of an avalanche.

An avalanche technician retained by the BC Coroners Service examined the scene on Jan. 30 to help in determining the cause of the avalanche.

As this portion of the investigation is finished, the Coroners Service has no further need to keep the area closed to the public.

However, anyone thinking of heading into the area or anywhere else in B.C.'s back country is strongly urged to consult with the website of Avalanche Canada at: www.avalanche.ca to determine the avalanche risk before going.

The BC Coroners Service also reinforces the advice of Avalanche Canada that all those heading into the back country should have taken avalanche training provided through Avalanche Canada and should be properly equipped.

The five men who died on Jan. 29 were among 17 persons who were snowmobiling in four separate groups in the Renshaw area, a large mapped area of snowmobile trails about 20 km east of McBride, when at about 1:30 p.m. they were caught in a large avalanche that hit the area.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate these deaths with the assistance of Avalanche Canada.

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Media Contacts:
Donita Kuzma
Regional Coroner, Northern Region
BC Coroners Service
250 960-9971
Barb McLintock
Coroner, Strategic Programs
BC Coroners Service
250 356-9252 or 250 213-5020