05/06/2013 07:58 EDT | Updated 07/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Tumbler Ridge Death: Alberta Man Dies After Snowmobile Plunges Over B.C. Cliff

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TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. - An Alberta man has died after going over a cliff while snowmobiling in northeast B.C.

The RCMP say the accident happened Sunday in a back country area 70 kilometres southeast of Tumbler Ridge.

A group of about six people were on snowmobilers when a 49-year-old male from Valhalla, Alta., was running up a mountain face.

Police say he appeared to lose control of his machine and ended up going over the cliff on the other side.

Another member of the group used a satellite phone to call a friend and a search and rescue helicopter was sent into the area.

The man was found dead and his body was airlifted to hospital in Grande Prairie, Alta.

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