UPDATE: Snowmobiler who died was founding member of Nanaimo Search and Rescue

Karl Baker, 52, was a founding member of Nanaimo Search and Rescue

A 52-year-old Nanaimo man has died after a cornice collapsed beneath his snowmobile in Whistler.

In a Monday news release, RCMP said that Whistler Search and Rescue were sent to Mt. Callaghan shortly after 3:15 p.m. Saturday following reports of a snowmobiler who had fallen in the area.

Search crews found that the man had stopped his snowmobile on a snow cornice that had subsequently collapsed.

He was found partially buried 250 feet below. Although other snowmobilers in the area dug him out and began CPR, the man was declared dead at the scene.

Carly Trobridge, Nanaimo Search and Rescue president, said in a statement that members were saddened to learn of the passing of Karl Baker, who was a dedicated member of NSAR for more than 15 years.

“Karl was also an avid outdoorsman who always held safety and avalanche education in high regard and as key pieces of safe travel in the backcountry. Karl will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him; our thoughts and condolences go out to his family at this time,” she said.

Just Posted

Unmarked police SUV with lights and siren on crashes at parkway intersection

Sport-utility vehicle and crossover collide at Aulds Road and Nanaimo Parkway

Two cars collide at Enterprise Way intersection

Accident happened Wednesday, April 24, just before 8:15 p.m. on the old Island Highway

UPDATED: Search operation begins for missing Nanaimo man

Nanaimo Search and Rescue has set up operations at Westwood Lake in effort to find Lionel Cayer

Nanaimo RCMP seeking assistance finding 13-year-old girl

Police hope public can help find Marley Warn, who has not been seen since Tuesday

Vancouver Island is home to some of the ‘rattiest’ cities in B.C.

Three municipalities in Greater Victoria, and three more around the Island have gnawed their way into the top 20

Arrests made after pickup collides with two unmarked police cars in Yellow Point

Two men facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing scene

Former Social Credit MLA dies at 88

Lyall Hanson was mayor of Vernon in 1981 and moved to provincial politics from 1986-96

Spirit of BookFest extended to Nanaimo’s school libraries

Participating authors and illustrators donate books

Nanaimo buses first to get new technology

NextRide technology will help riders pinpoint where buses are and predicted arrival times

WATCH: Officers recognized at 10th anniversary of anti-impaired driving program

Alexa’s Team has grown from 26 members in 2008 to the current 2,400

Police searching for escaped prisoner in B.C.

Ralph Whitfield Morris, 83, is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder

B.C. set to introduce pot laws, but years of fine tuning likely: minister

Legislation regulating recreational marijuana is expected to be introduced Thursday

Canadian driver uses lawn chair as driver’s seat, gets caught

Ontario police detachment caught the male driver during a traffic stop

B.C. moves to restrict pill presses in opioid battle

Minister Mike Farnworth says federal law doesn’t go far enough

Most Read