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Gabriel Mironov and son Oliver identified as avalanche victims

03/17/2014 08:55 EDT | Updated 05/17/2014 05:59 EDT
The father and son who died in an Alberta avalanche have been identified as Gabriel Mironov and his 11-year-old son, Oliver.

The father and son from Montreal had last been seen on March 9, when they rented a toboggan from the Chateau Lake Louise hotel.

They were only reported missing five days later on March 14, after failing to check out of their hotel room.

The RCMP requested the help of Parks Canada search and rescue personnel to help look for the two over the weekend.

A Parks Canada dog handler found the victims buried under debris at the base of Mount Fairview on the shore of Lake Louise.

Mironov, 33, had studied engineering at McGill University in Montreal, where he lived with his wife and Oliver's mother, Mia. Leaving without a degree, he went on to become president of GM Rail and had founded two companies in the wind power industry during a career that took him around the world.

His son Oliver loved animation, and posted a number of videos online of Lego-based animations he made.

Oliver attended Selwyn House School in Westmount, according to his animation site.

A Parks Canada official told CBC News that the father and son had rented a toboggan and were found away from more popular trails around the mountain's base.  

"We do have a lot of users that go for a walk or travel up and down the right-hand side [of the lake], but these folks had wandered over to the left hand side of the lake under some fairly steep slopes," said Bill Hunt, a resource conservation manager with Parks Canada.

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