Yoho National Park (freddofrancisco/Instagram)

Oil and gas company confirms death of one of its employees in Yoho avalanche

Dana Coffield died when he was skiing in the Rocky Mountains

An oil and gas company has identified one of its employees as a man who died after an avalanche in Yoho National Park.

Amerisur Resources says Dana Coffield, a non-executive director with the company, died when he was skiing in the Rocky Mountains on the weekend.

Parks Canada has said three people were involved in the Saturday avalanche on Des Poilus Glacier on the Wapta Icefield, approximately 180 kilometres northwest of Calgary.

STARS Air Ambulance took one man to hospital in critical condition and Parks Canada later confirmed he had died.

READ MORE: Person airlifted to hospital after avalanche in Yoho National Park has died

The other two people in the party were not injured.

Amerisur extended its sympathies to the Coffield family.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we learned of the death of Dana, who contributed so significantly to Amerisur,” chairman Giles Clarke said in a statement. “Dana, and all that he brought us, will be greatly missed.”

Saturday’s avalanche was not connected to another one that happened last Tuesday on Howse Peak in Banff National Park and claimed the lives of three professional climbers.

Efforts to find the three men — American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer — were hampered by poor weather and dangerous conditions but officials were able to recover their bodies Sunday.

Avalanche danger in the Rocky Mountains continues to be variable.

In a daily avalanche bulletin posted late Tuesday, officials with Parks Canada recommended travelling early in the day as conditions can change quickly in short periods of time due to daytime warming.

The Canadian Press

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Village of Gadsby residents will vote on possible dissolution of village

Municipal Affairs conducts vote on Nov. 13th, 14th

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

Federal election saw 66% of registered voters hit the polls across Canada

Roughly 18 million people cast their ballots, voting in a Liberal minority government

VIDEO: Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech options pose threat

World-renowned cardiologist believes the device is just a pair of ‘rubber tubes’

Alberta education minister releases new guidelines for school seclusion rooms

Adriana LaGrange says the new guidelines take effect on Nov. 1

United Conservatives to continue with NDP’s Alberta petrochemical credit program

Decision means the end of a $440-million loan guarantee announced by the NDP last January

Alberta finance minister says first budget to attack spending, not services

Premier Jason Kenney’s government has stressed that funding to health, education will be preserved

Calgary man found guilty in grandson’s death appeals manslaughter conviction

Allan Perdomo Lopez wants to challenge the nine-year prison sentence he was given last month

VIDEO: Chill with polar bears through an Arctic live cam

Cam reopens just ahead of Polar Bear Week

Wetaskiwin man allegedly flees police, faces numerous charges

Wetaskiwin RCMP and Camrose Police Service make arrests following alert from Edmonton Police Service

Mounties charge four people after protest at Alberta turkey farm

Three adults and 16-year-old girl charged with break and enter to commit mischief

Most Read