POLITICS

Coroners' service names victims of deadly ice-climbing fall near Whistler, B.C.

01/13/2015 06:02 EST | Updated 03/15/2015 05:12 EDT
VANCOUVER - Three Metro Vancouver residents have been identified by the coroners service as the victims of a deadly ice-climbing fall north of Whistler, B.C.

Coroner Barb McLintock says 35-year-old Elena Cernicka of North Vancouver and 31- and 30-year-olds Charles Mackenzie and Stephanie Grothe of Vancouver died after falling on Mount Joffre near Pemberton on Sunday.

She says Mackenzie was originally from Scotland and Grothe was from Germany.

McLintock says the trio travelled with a group to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Saturday and spent the night in a backcountry hut.

She says the three went ice climbing, but when they didn't return, the others in the group began a search and spotted one person deceased.

Members of Pemberton Search and Rescue found the two others on Monday morning dead, after they had apparently fallen about 600 metres down a steep-mountain gorge.