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Oil and gas company confirms employee killed in Yoho avalanche

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

Dana Coffield 'contributed so significantly' and will be 'greatly missed,' says Amerisur chairman

Amerisur Resources confirmed 'with the greatest sadness' their employee Dana Coffield had passed away. (Dana Coffield's linkedin.com page)

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

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 and north of Lake Louise.

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

The other two people in the party were not injured.

Parks Canada said three people were involved in the avalanche, which happened at on Des Poilus Glacier on the Wapta Icefield in Yoho National Park, north of Lake Louise. (Mark Matulis/CBC)

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."

Coffield had three decades of experience working in the oil and gas industry in Alberta and around the world. Prior to  joining Amerisur, he was president and CEO of Corvus Resources and and, before that, of Gran Tierra Energy. 

Another avalanche killed 3 renowned climbers

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.

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