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BC Coroners Service identifies surveyor killed in avalanche

By Contributor
October 26th, 2012

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died as the result of an avalanche near Stewart on Oct. 23 as 50-year-old Pat Lawrence Desmarais of Telkwa.

On the afternoon of Oct. 23, Desmarais and a partner were conducting mining surveying work on a steep slope near Sulphurets Creek, a remote location about 50 kilometres north of Stewart near the Alaska border.

Both men were hit by an avalanche.

The partner managed to extricate himself, but Desmarais was swept away by the avalanche, falling about 300 metres down the steep slope.

He was deceased at the scene.

The BC Coroners Service and the Office of the Chief Inspector of Mines continue to investigate this death.

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