Canadian avalanche kills three snowmobilers

Authorities on Sunday were digging out the bodies of three men killed in an avalanche in eastern British Columbia after they gunned their snowmobiles up a mountain, CBC reported.

Four men were buried by a snowslide Saturday on Mount Gerard, but one was rescued alive.

Other snowmobilers were nearby at the time of the accident and uncovered the victims, one of whom survived.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the dead included two men, aged 48 and 50, and one of their sons, who was in his twenties, according to the CBC.

The survivor, also a son of one of the victims, was taken to hospital and treated for injuries and shock.

The RCMP said it appeared the avalanche was triggered when snowmobilers were trying to see how far up the mountain they could go on snowmobiles, sparking an avalanche.

Canada averages 14 avalanche deaths a year, according the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

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