In a written press release, Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA; NYSE:SA) (Seabridge) regrets to report the accidental death of one of its contractors Tuesday, in an avalanche near Seabridge's KSM Project located 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, British Columbia.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, and extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends he leaves behind," said Rudi Fronk, Seabridge Gold's Chairman and CEO.
"This was a tragic event, and our thoughts and prayers are with them all at this difficult time."
The avalanche occurred just before 4 p.m. Tuesday (October 23).
Two experienced surveyors were working on a slope near the camp located at Sulphurets Creek when the avalanche occurred.
One was able to get to safety; the other was swept into a gully and did not survive. A trained emergency rescue team was at the site of the accident within minutes.
"Seabridge's top priority is the health and safety of all employees and contractors who work with us. To that end, we are working openly with the authorities investigating the accident," continued Fronk. "We are also focused on providing support to those affected by this tragedy."
Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold projects. The Company's principal assets are the KSM property located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada's Northwest Territories.
Surveyor working near Stewart B.C. killed by avalanche
RCMP report a surveyor working near Stewart B.C. has been killed by an avalanche.
The call came in from Minerals Camp near Sulphurets Creek to RCMP at approximately 3:50 p.m. that a male had been killed in an avalanche while working as a surveyor in an isolated location 50 kilometers north of Stewart.
Police were advised that two employees were taking GPS coordinates on a steep slope when both were swept away by an avalanche.
One of the workers was able to get free of the avalanche and was not injured.
Avalanche Technicians and search crews from a neighboring mine assisted in the search and located the 50-year-old deceased male who had been carried by the avalanche and swept off a 300-meter cliff.
RCMP confirm that foul play is not suspected and therefore the investigation has been turned over to the BC Coroners Services.