Six skiers were injured in a rare east coast avalanche yesterday on Mont-Albert in Quebec’s Gaspe region. The CBC reports a group of seven people were on the Patrollers Walls in Gaspesie provincial park when an avalanche was triggered around 2:45pm.
The group had been climbing uphill in single file when the avalanche occurred. One skier witnessed the other six get buried and was able to call for help. The group was carrying avalanche rescue gear.
Quebec provincial police were called and paramedics and firefighters responded with evacuation sleds. The rescue took several hours with the last person evacuated around 8:30pm. One skier suffered a dislocated shoulder. The skier with the most serious injuries suffered a back injury and must undergo surgery but reported to be in stable condition.
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