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Avalanche kills two near Lake Louise, while another near Vernon B.C. puts man in serious condition

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Sunday, March 9, 2014, 4:01 PM -

Parks Canada says two snowshoers have died after being buried in an avalanche near Lake Louise. 

Another three were uninjured. 

Officials say the three uninjured managed to pull one of the victims out of the snow and call for help. 

Safety crews triggered two more avalanches after retrieving the four people, and sent a search dog to find the last victim once the area was deemed safe. 

Meanwhile, a A 34 year old North Okanagan, B.C. man is in serious condition after being caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling near Vernon.


SEE ALSO: Avalanche control in the west: Reducing the risks of the unpredictable slides


Crews were called to the site near Keefer Lake resort Saturday afternoon. 

In an interview with The Canadian Press, Gordon Molendyk, of the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP said detachment emergency services people at the resort helped pull the man. The man's identity has not been released. 

The Canadian Avalanche Centre issued a special warning for the Monashees on Saturday, stating "A warm, wet and windy storm is expected to result in natural avalanche activity by [Sunday] morning.” 

The warning remains in effect until Sunday at 10 p.m. 

The video above comes courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation. The controlled double avalanche was shot near Fernie, BC on Feb. 21, 2014.

With files from The Canadian Press

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