Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

March 02, 2016 18:17 ET

Government of British Columbia: BC Coroners Service Confirms Identity of Avalanche Victim

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 2, 2016) -


March 2, 2016

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General BC Coroners Service


BC Coroners Service confirms identity of avalanche victim

KELOWNA - The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following an avalanche west of Golden on Feb. 21, 2016.

He was Douglas James Churchill, aged 64, of Canmore, Alta.

Mr. Churchill was one of a party of 13 who had travelled to the Esplanade area about 50 kilometres northwest of Golden, to go back country skiing. At about 11 a.m. on Feb. 21, a large avalanche struck, burying several members of the group, including Mr. Churchill.

Other members of the party were able to locate Mr. Churchill shortly afterward and dig him out. He was transported immediately to Golden Hospital and then airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary, but he died there on Feb. 24, 2016.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

The family of Mr. Churchill has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Barb McLintock
    Coroner, Strategic Programs
    BC Coroners Service
    250 356-9253