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Skier Dies In Pemberton, B.C. Avalanche

12/29/2011 09:21 EST | Updated 02/28/2012 05:12 EST

UPDATE: A skier has died from injuries suffered during an avalanche on Thursday.

The RCMP confirmed the death in a tweet.

"Pemberton avalanche has taken one life. will be providing details on situation in Pemberton this morning," Sgt. Peter Thiessen wrote.

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One skier has been seriously injured in an avalanche east of Pemberton, B.C.

The skier was reported to have been in a group of three backcountry skiers when the avalanche struck at about 3:30 p.m. PT Thursday near Caspar Creek, about 25 kilometres east of Pemberton and about 120 kilometres north of Vancouver.

The injured skier was not buried, but was unable to move and remained on the mountain with one other in the group, according to a CBC News source near the scene.

The third member skied out to get help, reports said.

“One of them was injured quite badly,” an RCMP spokesman was quoted as saying. “As for the other two, one has made it out to report the incident; the other is remaining with the injured person.”

An airplane and helicopter were dispatched from CFB Comox after the RCMP requested assistance around 5 p.m., but weather prevented both aircraft from reaching the scene, according to John Millman from the Canadian Forces Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria.

Millman said the RCMP has sent a ground-based search and rescue team.

The avalanche hazard has remained high in most areas of British Columbia for several days, thanks to unusually mild temperatures, and numerous warnings have been issued to snowmobilers and skiers to exercise extreme caution in the province's backcountry.

Slides have also caused closures on major routes in recent days.