NEWS

Avalanche Strikes Outside Of Pemberton, B.C.

01/02/2012 04:22 EST | Updated 03/03/2012 05:12 EST

Police say two skiers who triggered an avalanche in the backcountry east of Pemberton, B.C., have been rescued.

The slide came down Monday afternoon in the Steep Creek area near Joffre Lake.

Police say one of the skiers suffered head and leg injuries in the avalanche. It is not clear if the second skier was injured.

Meanwhile, a second avalanche was reported later Monday at Sunshine Mountain near Lillooet, north of the first slide.

It was not immediately clear how many people were caught in the slide, but a local heli-skiing company told CBC News they assisted in pulling the group out.

Officials say there were no fatalities, but it was not clear whether anyone was injured.

There have been two fatal avalanches in B.C. in the past week, including one in the Pemberton area.

On Friday, a skier was killed in an avalanche near Revelstoke, B.C. Ontario native Ronald Greg Sheardown, 45, was on a heli-skiing excursion with 10 other skiers when the avalanche struck.

The day before, a ski patroller from the Whistler Blackcomb Resort was killed in a backcountry avalanche near Pemberton. Duncan MacKenzie, 30, died after being injured in the slide and trapped in the mountains for much of the night.