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From the Canadian Avalanche Bulletin Feb 2:
Another avalanche fatality near Barkerville on the weekend. An avalanche transceiver was not being used by the deceased who was buried .3 metre.
On Saturday there was an avalanche fatality near Barkeville, just west of the northern Cariboo Mountains. There are no details about the technical characteristics of the avalanche.
The following information was submitted by Form:
Date = 1/31/98br Time = 13.00br Location = Roundtop Mountain near Yanks Peak, British Columbia, Canadabr Avalanche Trigger = high marking/snowmobilebr Activity = snowmobilebr Party Size = 4br People Caught = 1br Complete Burials = 1br Fatalities = 1br
Comments: 1 person was killed in an avalanche on Round Top Mountain in the Yanks Peak area near Barkerville on Sunday Feb. 1, 1998. I am uncertain as to the size of the slide but the fella was only buried under 30 cm of snow. However he was not wearing a transciever and it took other riders in the area about an hour to locate him. He could not be revived.
On Sunday Feb 1 '98 Jerry Manarin, 39 of Quesnel was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
4 snowmobiling companions tried to dig him out of a "large" slide. It took them over 45 minutes to dig him out. He was not wearing a transeiver.