Several people are dead and more than a dozen others are injured following an avalanche in the interior of British Columbia.
Several others are still missing and a massive search operation is underway.
Late Saturday night, three people were reported dead and 17 others were injured. Among the injured, two are in critical condition, CTV News reports.
The avalanche occurred near Revelstoke, which is in the province's rugged interior, about 200 kilometres northeast of Kelowna.
Unfortunately, I think that there is a chance that this is a significant mass casualty event.
Update from American network MSNBC (wow):
Avalanche kills at least 3; others missing
200 people were at snowmobiling event at British Columbia mountain
At least three people were killed, 17 hurt and an undetermined number are missing after an avalanche hit a snowmobiling event in British Columbia Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the CTV News Channel that roughly 200 people were on Boulder Mountain, just west of Revelstoke, attending the Big Iron Shootout snowmobile event when the avalanche hit.
"It's a large-scale, rescue recovery incident," he said. "We don't have a count at this point in time of the people missing."
Edited by RMP2008, 13 March 2010 - 09:06 PM.