Montreal father, son die in Alta. avalanche

Parks Canada searchs for the bodies of a father and son from Montreal, who died while visiting Lake...

Parks Canada searchs for the bodies of a father and son from Montreal, who died while visiting Lake Louise, near Banff, Alberta on Saturday, March 15,2014. Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Damien Wood, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

CALGARY -- The bodies of a 33-year-old man and his 11-year-old son were pulled from avalanche debris in Lake Louise Saturday evening.

"Both the father and the son were located inside the avalanche debris flow by a (Parks Canada) search dog," RCMP Sgt. Jeff Campbell said.

"It's on the backside of Lake Louise. It's a slope that people have used to toboggan but I believe it's a natural avalanche slope."

Campbell said it's probable the pair were buried in the snow for days. They were last heard from March 9.

He added that the two were the only members of the family staying in Lake Louise. They checked in March 4 with departure planned for March 14.

Police in Montreal were in the process of contacting family Saturday evening, he said.


Parks Canada return with the bodies of a father and son from Montreal, who died while visiting Lake Louise, near Banff, Alta. on Saturday March 15,2014. (Al Charest/ QMI Agency)

Earlier Saturday, several people spent 15 long minutes digging free one of their own after an avalanche left a man covered and severely injured.

They were skiing in the backcountry near Lake Louise about 3:40 p.m. Saturday when the avalanche came down.

Of the group of four men, a 38-year-old Calgary man was buried by snow.

RCMP Sgt. Jeff Campbell said "the lead skier went down one of the chutes and triggered an avalanche."

Nobody else was caught in the snow and the others tried to rescue the snow.

"He was uncovered by the remaining members of the party," said Lindsay McPherson, from Parks Canada's Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay Field Unit. "He was buried for approximately 15 minutes."

Campbell said it's believed the man was non-responsive when his party freed him.

He noted the man and everyone else in the party were wearing beacons as well as safety gear at the time, and had the proper training.

A snowmobiler from Lloydminster, Sask., was also buried and killed in an avalanche near Blue Water, B.C., Friday night. He was with a group of people who were snowmobiling in the back of Red Sand Mountain.


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