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Parks Canada says two dead following avalanche on Alberta mountain

JASPER, Alta. — Parks Canada says two people have died in an avalanche on an Alberta mountain popular with climbers.

JASPER, Alta. — Parks Canada says two people have died in an avalanche on an Alberta mountain popular with climbers.

Steve Young, a communications officer with Jasper National Park, says the slab avalanche occurred Sunday morning on Mount Andromeda in the Columbia Icefield near Jasper, Alta. There were no other reported injuries.

Young had no information about what brought the two victims to the area, but says the mountain is known as a popular climbing destination.

Young did not have any information about the identities or  home towns of those who died.

STARS Air Ambulance had dispatched three helicopters to the area.

Spokeswoman Deborah Tetley says the choppers later "stood down" because they were "not medically required."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2021

The Canadian Press