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Fifth body recovered after hikers caught in Canada avalanche
April 10, 2017 / 4:34 PM / 4 months ago

Fifth body recovered after hikers caught in Canada avalanche

TORONTO (Reuters) - Rescue crews found the body of the last of five hikers who went missing over the weekend when an avalanche hit a popular British Columbia trail, and the victims will be identified on Monday, Canadian police said.

Crews found the bodies of four people near the bottom of Mount Harvey on Sunday, and found a fifth several hours later, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman, Staff Sergeant Jolaine Percival of the Squamish detachment said on Monday.

The RCMP received a distress call from a hiker on Saturday after a cornice - an overhanging mass of ice - collapsed on the peak of the mountain about 33 km (21 miles) north of Vancouver.

The hiker spotted footprints leading to the summit, and expressed concern for the safety of anyone in the area, RCMP said.

Authorities were expected to identify the hikers once next of kin were informed. Family members of the hikers gathered at a school in Lions Bay near the trail where the walkers went missing, the Vancouver Sun newspaper said.

All five hikers were from Vancouver's Korean community and were members of two local Korean hiking clubs, the South China Morning Post reported.

Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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