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Snowmobiler dies in avalanche near Smithers, B.C.

A snowmobiler is dead after a weekend avalanche in northern B.C.

Barry Finnegan of Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue says his group was called Saturday afternoon to an area about 20 kilometres south of Smithers.

Mr. Finnegan says it appears two people were snowmobiling on a popular trail known as The Microwave when one of them climbed up a slope, triggering the slide.

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The avalanche buried a snowmobiler below, who Mr. Finnegan says was apparently stopped to snap some photos.

Mr. Finnegan says the snowmobiler who triggered the slide was able to dig out his friend, but that person, whose name hasn't been released, died at the scene.

An increased avalanche risk and poor weather prevented search-and-rescue crews from recovering the body during the weekend, but Mr. Finnegan says they'll try again on Monday.

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