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Canmore man who died after avalanche identified

A 2010 file photo of a search and rescue helicopter near Revelstoke. Jeff McIntosh , THE CANADIAN PRESS

KELOWNA, B.C. – An Alberta man who died after an avalanche near Golden, B.C., has been identified.

The BC Coroners Service says 64-year-old Douglas Churchill was from Canmore, Alta.

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He was among 13 people who travelled to the Esplanade area about 50 kilometres northwest of Golden to go skiing in the backcountry.

A large avalanche struck on the morning of Feb. 21, and several members of the group were buried, including Churchill.

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Others in the party found Churchill and dug him out, and he was taken to a local hospital before being airlifted to Foothills Hospital in Calgary, where died three days later.

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The BC Coroners Service and the RCMP are still investigating his death.

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