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A Skier and Snowboarder Die in B.C. Tree Wells

The incidents happened inbounds at different ski resorts

It was a tragic weekends at two B.C. ski resorts, as more inbound accidents lead to fatalities. The B.C. Coroner’s Service is investigating after a skier and a snowboarder died after becoming trapped in tree wells in separate incidents.

The first happened about 12:30 p.m. at Whitewater Ski Resort, near Nelson. “A passerby, who made the discovery, immediately started CPR and called for support from ski patrol and emergency first responders,” read a police release. The victim was a man in his 30s from the Kootenays.

The second incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Friday when a man was found unresponsive in a tree well at Fernie Alpine Resort. “Initial reports indicate that the victim had been skiing with another person, when the two became separated,” reads a police release. “That person re-traced his run in search of his associate and made the discovery.” The victim was a man in his 30s originally from Quebec who was living in Fernie.

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