Snowshoers from Boston presumed dead after Canadian avalanche

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RCMP say two American snowshoers are presumed to have died in an avalanche near Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Parks Canada says the missing parties were snowshoeing in the area.

RCMP found the vehicle the two people had rented near a trail head in an area that had recently experienced an avalanche.

"It would be people going in, likely with a dog handler as well, as using avalanche probes and shovels and doing a search of the debris to try and locate the missing individuals", said Tania Peters. They found no tracks coming out.

Two people visiting from Boston were reported missing on March 14 after they failed to check out of their accommodation in Field, B.C.

"We were able to do a flyover late in the day [Tuesday] and we did pick up two avalanche transceiver signals, leading us to believe that the likelihood is that these two snowshoers are in fact within that debris". However, the recovery was being hampered by weather and the risk of further avalanches.

"Avalanche conditions are now high in the area and it is not possible to safely put rescuers into the avalanche site", said Parks Canada. At that time, a ground search of the area will commence.

An avalanche bulletin remains in effect for the Lake Louise area, with several small and large avalanches logged Tuesday.

RCMP said the visitors were from Boston, Mass. and their families have been notified. The avalanche risk for the area was considered high. Highway 93 is also closed in both directions from Radium Hot Springs to the Highway 1 junction, according to DriveBC.



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