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Skier rescued after being swept 200 metres in Mt Seymour avalanche

Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 at 7:23 am PDT

Crew members involved in the rescue of a backcountry skier who was swept up in an avalanche in Mount Seymour Provincial Park on January 9th, 2018. (Photo courtesy North Shore Rescue, via Facebook)

MOUNT SEYMOUR (NEWS 1130) – Crews have spent Tuesday afternoon rescuing a backcountry skier who was caught in an avalanche in Mount Seymour Provincial Park.

Poor weather conditions meant a helicopter rescue wasn’t possible and about 25 North Shore Rescue members, a medical team and Mount Seymour patrol members were required for a rope rescue close to the Seymour Alpine trail on the south-east side of First Pump peak.

Mike Danks with NSR says the avalanche swept the man off his feet before 1 p.m. “Basically he travelled with that avalanche for up to 200 metres. So we would call that quite significant.”

“He was not buried, we got a call from a friend of the subject saying it had occurred.”

The man, in his thirties, is believed to have hit a tree on his way down. He has a broken leg and rib injuries.

Avalanche Canada’s danger rating is currently “considerable” meaning avalanches are likely.

“We don’t know the cause of the avalanche at this time,” adds Danks.