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Avalanche claims German skier in B.C.

Avalanche claims German skier in B.C.A search and rescue helicopter heads to an avalanche site near Revelstoke, B.C. in a 2010 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

REVELSTOKE, B.C. - Mounties in southeast British Columbia say a 45-year-old man from Germany is dead following an avalanche north of the community of Revelstoke.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky says the morning slide occurred in the backcountry and buried the heli-skier in as much as three metres of snow.

Bystanders dug out the man who received medical treatment at the scene, but Grabinsky says he died from his injuries.

Grabinsky says the coroner is now investigating the incident.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre says 14 people have died in avalanches in the 2013-2014 season.

Those who have died this month include snowmobilers, backcountry skiers, hikers and snowshoers, and even a father and son who were buried while tobogganing.

(CHNL)

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said nine people have died in avalanches this year.

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