Rescue workers made the grim discovery of six bodies while searching for those missing from two avalanches in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Seven men were buried by one of the two avalanches, another four who had gone to help them were buried by the second rush of snow.
Three of those who had been missing were able to pull themselves of the snow. Two are still listed as missing. There is no immediate information as to where the six bodies had been located.
Rescue workers on Monday dropped explosives into the slopes from a helicopter to loosed the snow and make searching safe. Trained teams using search dogs then begin to search the scene.
The three who had been able to free themselves had tried to find their friends but had to give up. One of the men was injured and the trio feared another avalanche.