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Five Alberta snowmobilers killed in B.C. avalanche identified

MCBRIDE, B.C. -- RCMP say all five people killed in Friday's avalanche near McBride, B.C., were from Alberta.

The men ranged in age from their early 40s to early 60s.

Police say four separate groups of snowmobilers, totalling 17 people, were caught in the avalanche path or buried to some degree but they have all been accounted for.

At least one person suffered a non-life-threatening injury and 11 people were flown out at the time of the rescue efforts.

He says the B.C. Coroners Service has taken over the investigation and RCMP will continue to assist.

The coroner's service identified the victims as:

Vincent Eugene Loewen, 52, of Vegreville.

Tony Christopher Greenwood, 41, of Grand Prairie County.

Ricky Robinson, 55, of Spruce Grove.

Todd William Chisholm, 47, of St. Albert.

John Harold Garley, 49, of Stony Plain.

 
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