Six missing B.C. sledders are OK after being spotted by search helicopter

By The Canadian Press
February 22, 2016 - 10:02am Updated: February 22, 2016 - 1:48pm

VERNON, B.C. — There is happy news for the anxious families of a group snowmobilers missing in British Columbia’s north Okanagan.

Searchers say the six sledders were spotted Monday by a search helicopter flying over the Pinnacles area, east of Vernon.

Pete Wise of Vernon Search and Rescue say all six are safe and were taken out of the area by helicopter to be reunited with family and friends.   

The group set out Sunday for a day of sledding in an area where the avalanche risk is listed as extreme.

They were reported overdue Sunday night and a helicopter, RCMP avalanche technician and search dog were sent to the remote area early Monday.

Concern was growing because separate avalanches in the Golden area over the weekend killed one Alberta man and injured three other people, one of them critically.

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