Man shocked to find hikers had fallen over edge

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The search for five missing hikers on Mount Harvey near Lions Bay resumed Sunday morning and shortly afterwards four bodies were recovered.

Search and rescue efforts had been hampered due to harsh weather conditions and instability of the snowpack, and the bodies were found about 500 meters down the mountainside on Sunday, according to the report.

Two helicopters and several ground crews responded Saturday afternoon after the hikers were caught by a collapsing cornice at around 4 p.m.

Five hikers are dead after a cornice collapsed on the peak of B.C.'s Mount Harvey, sending them tumbling down the mountain's north face. "Squamish RCMP immediately notified the Squamish Search and Rescue and attended the scene", the statement said.

Lions Bay Mayor Karl Buhr said Monday the hikers were experienced but they were not carrying avalanche beacons, making it harder to find them.


A sixth hiker with the group alerted authorities afer he arrived at the summit and was unable to locate his fellow walkers, Colwell said.

A cornice is an overhanging mass of ice created by high winds.

Using the trails up to the top Mount Harvey isn't unsafe, he said, but there some very steep cliffs near the summit and getting too close to those with the current winter conditions can be risky.

"It was determined that there were five hikers unaccounted for and believed to be in the area where the avalanche had occurred".

One had a Korean passport and the others were Korean Canadians.

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