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Fears realized as bodies of three mountain climbers recovered after Banff avalanche

BANFF (NEWS 1130) — Fears that three renowned mountain climbers had been caught in an avalanche in Banff National Park have been realized.

Parks Canada has confirmed that the bodies of American Jess Roskelly, and Austrians David Lama andHansjorg Auer, were discovered Sunday. The three men were attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak when they were caught in an avalanche.

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Rescuers wanting to go in and find the men had to wait to recover the bodies because of dangerous conditions.

Efforts to find the men had been hampered by poor weather and dangerous conditions.

Parks Canada’s mountain safety team responded by helicopter and saw signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment, but a further search was put on hold until conditions improved.

The agency extended condolances to the families, friends and loved ones of the climbers.

“We would also like to acknowledge the impact that this has had on the tight‐knit, local and international climbing communities. Our thoughts are with families, friends and all those who have been affected by this tragic incident,” reads the statement.

WATCH: Rescue crews waiting to recover climbers bodies after avalanche in Banff

A visitor safety specialist with the agency said last week that the slide was believed to be a Size 3 avalanche, which is big enough to bury a car or destroy a small building

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