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INVERMERE, B.C. (CP) - Search and rescue officials do not yet know if any snowmobilers are missing after a Sunday avalanche near a southeastern B.C. ski resort, according to news reports.

The avalanche occurred near the Panorama ski resort near Invermere B.C. and may have involved some snowmobiles in the back country, reports said.

The provincial Emergency Preparedness team, Columbia Valley Search and Rescue and Invermere Fire and Rescue have been called out for the search.

An avalanche dog and heat sensors are also being employed in the search.

Invermere is 500 kilometres east of Vancouver, in the Rockies.

Let's hope everyone is safe and coming home.

 

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(CBC) - Search and rescue teams are looking for at least one snowboarder after an avalanche on Sunday in southeastern B.C.

The avalanche occurred near the Panorama ski resort in an area called Paradise Mountain. The resort is located near Invermere, B.C.

"There were people in the area," said Pete Hecher, a unit chief with the B.C. Ambulance Service, the Canadian Press reported. "There are some people missing, apparently."

There were some reports that snowmobiles might have been involved in the avalanche.

Twenty-nine searchers with the RCMP, Invermere Fire and Rescue and Columbia Valley Search and Rescue were looking for survivors when night fell and the effort was called off. None had been found.

The Provincial Emergency Program said that at least one person, a snowboarder, was missing.

The avalanche was described as Level 2.5, powerful enough to break trees.

The search effort includes a dog and heat sensors.

Invermere is 500 kilometres east of Vancouver at the entrance to Banff National Park.
 
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