A mountain rescue team from Banff has recovered the bodies of two men who fell to their deaths in separate incidents.
The five-member team recovered the first body last Friday from a crevasse on the Swanson Glacier, located about 65 kilometres south of Atlin in northern B.C., Whitehorse RCMP Sgt. Don Rogers said Monday.
He said the second body was recovered last Saturday from a crevasse south of Haines Junction.
A 47-year-old guide was skiing on the glacier May 1 with another guide and four clients of the Atlin heli-ski company when he stopped to take a picture of the group and fell through the snow into a deep crevasse.
On April 28, a 52-year-old man from Maple Ridge, B.C., was snowmobiling when he jumped off his machine and broke through the snow and fell into a crevasse west of the Haines Highway.
A rescue team from Kluane National Park was not able to reach the body because of dangerous conditions but was able to descend low enough to confirm the man had been killed in the fall.
The identities of the two men have not been released.
The recovery was made after the recovery team from Banff determined conditions had stabilized enough to make the attempt.
“They had the necessary expertise, training and equipment and were able to recover the bodies and provide some degree of comfort to the families of the individuals,” said Rogers.