Body of Eighth Man Found in Canadian Avalanche

FERNIE, British Columbia (AP) - Canadian police say the eighth
and final body from a group of snowmobilers buried by weekend
avalanches has been found.
The bodies of the other seven were found yesterday near Fernie
in British Columbia's Elk Valley, about 550 miles east of
Vancouver.
Eleven men, most of them in their 20s, were swept away when
back-to-back avalanches hit Sunday afternoon. Three men freed
themselves, digging with their bare hands, and left the area when
they feared another avalanche would hit.
It did, soon after they hurried away.
All 11 men came from the nearby coal-mining town of Sparwood,
population 4,000, and knew each other. The mayor says his town is
devastated by the deaths of the men, who were all skilled
outdoorsmen.


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