Eagle Pass avalanche claims sledder’s life

An avalanche on Eagle Mountain has claimed the life of an Alberta man, Revelstoke RCMP reported today.

A statement from Cpl. Rod Wiebe, the Revelstoke detachment spokmesman, said Edward Kenneth Sage died Feb. 14 at about 4 p.m. Eagle Mountain is behind Boulder Mountain and is often accessed — as it was by the party of snowmobilers involved in this avalanche — from Perry River, Wiebe said in a brief interview.

“A party of eight had been sledding in the Eagle Pass area (just west of Revelstoke) when the snow let go, burying the 42-year-old from Hussar, Alta.,” he said. “By the time his friends were able to locate and dig him out, he had succumbed to his injuries.”

The statement said police, along with the BC Coroners Service, are continuing their investigation.  The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Revelstoke RCMP are urging back country enthusiasts to exercise extreme caution during their outtings and always be aware of the avalanche conditions by visiting www.avalanche.ca.