Released by:

Cpl. Jeff Witzke 

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, February 27 through March 5, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 64 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the file our officers responded to.

On March 1, RCMP were made aware of an avalanche in the backcountry with multiple heli-skiers buried. This tragic event sadly saw three foreign nationals pass away and four others injured, including a local ski guide. This was no doubt a sad day for all involved and our hearts go out to all those affected by this incident. The RCMP would like to acknowledge all those who assisted throughout the incident; local heli-ski and helicopter companies, Panorama Ski Patrol, BC paramedics, Fire Department, Victim Services, Search and Rescue, Interior Health and all staff at the Invermere District hospital. 

In the early morning hours on March 5, RCMP were dispatched to a collision on Hwy 93/95 near Dry Gulch. A vehicle had collided with a power pole which caused a power outage for several residents. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor and an investigator is underway.