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Sparwood Avalanche: Fellow Skiers Dig Out Lethbridge Man

01/06/2014 04:11 EST | Updated 03/08/2014 05:59 EST
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FILE - In this June 1, 2005 file picture the "Mont Maudit", center, and the "Mont Blanc" main peak, right rear, are photographed at 4,808 meters above sea level above Chamonix, France. An avalanche in the French Alps on Thursday July 12, 2012 swept six climbers from several European countries to their deaths on a slope leading to Mont Blanc, left at least nine injured and several others unaccounted for, authorities said. Rescuers are searching for the missing. (AP Photo/Keystone/Arno Balzarini, File)
SPARWOOD, B.C. - Police in Sparwood, B.C., say an Alberta man can thank his fellow skiers for quickly digging him out from under a wall of snow.

The Lethbridge man was among a group of five skiers in the backcountry Sunday near the Coal Mountain Teck mine in southeastern B.C. when they triggered an avalanche.

Police say the man was buried, but the other skiers were able to find him and dig him out.

The man had a broken arm, bruises and was suffering from hypothermia.

A Sparwood Search and Rescue team was advised and was heading to the site when the crew met the injured skier being brought down the mountain by snowmobilers who had been in the area.

The man was taken to the nearby hospital in Fernie and is expected to make a full recovery.

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