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Burnaby man killed in snowboarding accident near Pemberton

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A 29-year-old Burnaby man has died while snowboarding near Pemberton.

A group of men had snowmobiled into the back country area to ski and snowboard on Sunday.

One of the snowboarders was waiting for his friend. When the friend didn't show up, he hiked back uphill in the deep snow and found him upside down in a tree well.

The man pulled the victim, a Burnaby resident, out but he was unresponsive, blue and not breathing, said RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen.

The snowboarder and others on the scene performed CPR but were unable to revive him.

At 5 p.m. they called Pemberton RCMP who, along with search-and-rescue crews and the local fire department, converged on the parking lot at Miller's Ridge Forest Service Road, where they were located.

With it getting dark and the danger of an avalanche increasing, they decided to recover the man in the morning.

On Monday, search-and-rescue, RCMP and the BC Coroner were all on scene after going in by snowmobile.

The victim's identity is not being released as police are still notifying next of kin, Thiessen said.

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