Just after 4 p.m. Sunday Chetwynd RCMP were notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of an emergency beacon signal on the east face of the Murray Mountain range between Mt. Hunter and Milburn Peak, south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park. The park is southwest of Chetwynd.
It was later determined that an avalanche had occurred while a group of snowmobilers were in the area and one man was missing.
Chetwynd RCMP called for assistance from search and rescue however due to the weather conditions and the potential risk of more avalanches, SAR ground crews could not immediately attend the area.
Search and Rescue, along with the RCMP air services, and police dog services trained in avalanche searches will start actively searching when conditions are safe.
Further information will be released when it becomes available. At this time there is no further information to provide.
The general public is encouraged to monitor the Avalanche Canada website for conditions in their area and to use extra caution when travelling in the back country. It is also recommended that if you plan to travel in the back country, share your travel itineraries with family and friends.