One person is dead and another is missing after an avalanche caught two snowmobilers in southeastern BC near Invermere over the weekend.

On Saturday, a group of snowmobilers triggered an avalanche that spilled down a slope and into a small lake.

Searchers recovered the body of one person from beneath two metres of snow with an activated airbag.

A second person caught in the avalanche is still missing, but searchers have detected a transceiver signal on the lake where debris is floating on the water. Recovery efforts are continuing.

The identities of the dead and the missing are not known, nor is it known where they were from.

Avalanche Canada says the likelihood of triggering avalanches is increasing due to a substantial amount of warming in thin snowpack areas, where the likelihood of triggering deeper layers is the highest.


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