Avalanche Kills 3, Injures 12 in Canada

REVELSTOKE, British Columbia, March 14 (UPI) — Search teams Sunday sought survivors of a massive avalanche in the Canadian Rockies that killed three people and injured at least 12, authorities said.

The avalanche struck about 3:30 p.m. Saturday as 200 people watched the Big Iron Shootout, an informal snowmobile competition, on Boulder Mountain near Revelstoke in southeastern British Columbia, the Revelstoke (British Columbia) Times Review reported.

Authorities were unsure if more victims were buried in the snow, said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, a spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

“At this time there are (reports) of people missing but we don’t have that confirmed,” Moskaluk said.

Four search-and-rescue teams were looking for survivors Sunday morning.

On Saturday, at least five helicopters transported the victims to Revelstoke airport, and ambulances took them to Queen Victoria Hospital.

Moskaluk said he didn’t know the extent of the injuries.

At least 10 avalanches have occurred in the Kootenay-Boundary area since Friday.

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