(Reuters) – Two U.S. citizens were killed in an avalanche while on a skiing trip in the Canadian province of British Columbia, their family said in a statement on Tuesday.
Jonathan Kinsley and his brother, Timothy Kinsley, were trapped in the avalanche near the mountain resort town of Revelstoke on Monday while on a guided heli-skiing trip.
“Our entire Kinsley family is still processing this heartbreaking news of their deaths and respectfully ask for privacy at this time,” the family said.
Pennsylvania-based Kinsley Enterprises, which owns Kinsley Properties and Kinsley Construction, said Jonathan Kinsley was an executive at Kinsley Enterprises and Timothy Kinsley was the president of Kinsley Properties.
Ski tour company Canadian Mountain Holidays said that two of their clients and a guide were trapped in the avalanche, two of whom were completely buried and one partially buried.
The two clients were dug out of the snow and flown to hospital where they were pronounced dead, the company said. The guide was in stable condition.
The investigation into the incident had been taken over by the provincial coroner’s office and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, it said.
(Reporting by Jyoti Narayan and Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Robert Birsel)