March 14, 2010 in City

Avalanche kills three at B.C. snowmobile rally

Associated Press

REVELSTOKE, B.C. – An avalanche struck a rally of up to 200 snowmobilers in Canada’s Rocky Mountains on Saturday, killing at least three people and leaving an unknown number missing, police said.

Rescuers were still scouring remote Boulder Mountain, near Revelstoke, B.C., the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

The RCMP said a dozen people were injured in the slide but up to 200 people were on the mountain at the time for the annual Big Iron Shoot Out rally.

The slide struck around 3:30 p.m. local time, and search and rescue teams were called in from around British Columbia and from Calgary.

The RCMP said they did not yet have details about the three dead or the extent of the injuries.

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