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Five snowmobilers were killed in an avalanche that was likely human-triggered. Photo: Courtesy of Nicolas Hesson/Flickr

Yesterday, an avalanche in northeastern British Columbia killed five people who were backcountry snowmobilers.

There names have not yet been released and nobody else is believed to be missing.

The bodies were uncovered in the Renshaw area east of McBride.

Three different groups of snowmobilers were in the area when the avalanche occurred.

Survivors were able to pull the bodies from the disaster before rescue crews arrived, according to British Columbia newspaper The Province.

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“They located and dug them out very quickly. They did an excellent job themselves,” Dale Mason of Robson Valley Search and Rescue told The Province.

Karl Klassen of Avalanche Canada told The Province the avalanche looks like it was triggered by humans, although he didn’t go into more detail.

Authorities learned of the avalanche thanks to the activation of two separate GPS beacons worn by backdoor enthusiasts.

There were six survivors, one of which was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

“They all had a pretty bad day,” Mason told The Province. “It’s a pretty traumatic event.”

At least eight snowmobiles were lost in the disaster.

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