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Cpl. Jeff Witzke , Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, March 6 through March 12, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 43 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the file our officers responded to.

On March 6 the RCMP were made aware of numerous mischiefs in Radium over the weekend. Vandals spray painted numerous street signs, buildings and houses around the town. Police are still investigating and asking anyone with information to contact the local detachment. 

On March 9 the RCMP were notified of an injured ice climber approximately 25 kilometres (km) up the Kootenay River Forest Service Road. The climber is believed to have fallen approximately nine metres (30 feet). Lifesaving measures were conducted by the climber’s friend and a passerby, along with a worksite ambulance and eventually Emergency Health Services (EHS). Unfortunately, the climber succumbed to his injuries and passed away.  

On March 12 the RCMP were notified of an injured snowmobiler in the Forester FSR riding area. Search and Rescue was activated and with the assistance of RK Heliski, then the injured party was located and extracted to the Invermere airport and later taken to the local hospital. The injuries were believed to be non-life threatening.