Snowshoers in killer avalanche ill-prepared

Park warden and dog master Mike Henderson and Cazz search the scene of a deadly avalanche near Lake...

Park warden and dog master Mike Henderson and Cazz search the scene of a deadly avalanche near Lake Louise on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Two people were killed after a group of five snowshoers were hit. Photo courtesy Conrad Janzen/Parks Canada

Renato Gandia, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

CALGARY -- The snowshoers caught in a deadly avalanche near Lake Louise, Alta., didn't have proper safety gear, Parks Canada officials say.

Parks Canada visitor safety specialist Lisa Paulson said the survivors did the best they could to help their friends buried in the avalanche Saturday.

"They didn't have avalanche gear, but they did have a cellphone," she said.

"Two of them were partially buried, the rest of them were completely buried.

"The survivors did an incredible job given the situation."

Two people were killed -- a 42-year-old Calgary man and a 31-year-old Edmonton woman -- while snowshoeing near the popular Lake Agnes Tea House above Lake Louise, an area frequented by snowshoers and skiers.


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