Heartbreak and tragedy for the families of the five missing snowshoers on the summit of Mount Harvey near Lions Bay caught in an avalanche.
Four bodies were recovered earlier on Sunday, while the fifth was found later in the afternoon.
“No IDs have been made right now. The bodies have been turned over to the B.C. Coroner’s Service so they’ll begin their investigation there as well. But the families, of course, were here in the area, a lot of them crying, speaking with search and rescuers as well.”
She says the families of the victims were in the area and crying when they learned the news.
The ordeal began yesterday afternoon when a cornice packed with snow had broken away.
Personal effects and debris were found at the bottom of a 1,600-foot cliff, which provided search and rescue members with a more specific location.
The group of hikers were part of an organized hiking group who were climbing the standard route up the ridge, which is a hiking trail up to the summit of Mount Harvey.
As many as 50 search and rescue members from across the Lower Mainland were involved in the operation
With files from Matt Lee and the Canadian Press