01/06/2014 04:11 EST | Updated 03/08/2014 05:59 EST

Sparwood Avalanche: Fellow Skiers Dig Out Lethbridge Man

FILE - In this June 1, 2005 file picture the

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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