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UPDATE: Man dies from injuries after avalanche in Yoho, Wapta Icefield

YOHO – A man died in hospital on Saturday (April 20) from injuries sustained in a deadly avalanche this weekend in Yoho National Park.
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YOHO – A man died in hospital on Saturday (April 20) from injuries sustained in a deadly avalanche this weekend in Yoho National Park.

On Sunday (April 21), Parks Canada updated the incident involving a party of three caught in an avalanche on Des Poilus Glacier on the Wapta Icefield, B.C. around 1 p.m.

The other two in the party were uninjured.The adult male was airlifted to Calgary Foothills hospital in critical condition early Saturday afternoon.

“One male patient was transferred by STARS Air Ambulance and passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019. Parks Canada extends our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” wrote Chelsey Dawes, Parks Canada information officer, in an email.

The avalanche danger rating for April 20 was variable, reported Parks Canada, and visitor safety is a top priority.

“Spring avalanche conditions can range from high to low and are dependent on aspect, weather and location. Based on current conditions, Parks Canada encourages visitors to consult the Avalanche Forecast diligently: http://avalanche.pc.gc.ca.”

Parks Canada indicated the avalanche is not related to the incident earlier this week on Howse Peak that killed three renowned mountaineers.


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