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UPDATED: Man killed in Gray Creek Pass avalanche

A snowmobiler from Crawford Bay has been killed in an avalanche in the Gray Creek Pass on the east side of Kootenay Lake.

Nelson Search and Rescue and Kimberley Search and Rescue responded to the call Tuesday afternoon.

According to Nelson Search and Rescue, two snowmobilers were in the area when the slide occurred. While one of the snowmobilers managed to escape, the other was buried in the slide.

Rescuers managed to pull the man from the snow, but he was declared dead at the scene. Authorities have not released the man's name. He is a 29-year-old from Crawford Bay.

Creston RCMP are now investigating the incident.

It's the second fatal avalanche in our area in as many weeks.

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