The second police officer trapped in an avalanche in a remote area near Kaslo, BC, earlier this month died of his injuries, the Nelson Police Department said.
Constant. Mathieu Nolet, 28, was skiing with colleague Wade Tittemore on a mountain 60 kilometers north of Nelson on January 9 when the two were swept down the mountain in a massive avalanche.
“Const. Nolet suffered serious internal injuries and died this morning at the Hospital in Kelowna,” the Nelson Police Department said in a news release Saturday.
Tittemore, 43, died of his injuries at the scene and was promoted to detective after his death.
“It is difficult to describe the sadness we are feeling here,” said Sheriff Nelson Donovan Fisher.
“The Const. Tittemore memorial took place last week, and now we’ve lost a second officer and a friend. It’s heartbreaking.”
Tittemore and Nolet are highly trained and experienced remote ski enthusiasts, and both carry probes, beacons and other avalanche safety gear.
On the day of the avalanche, Nolet was found and rescued by four people who witnessed the avalanche.
According to the NPD, he worked in Nelson for just over a year after serving with the Calgary Police Service and chose to live in Nelson because of his love of the countryside and dedication to community policing. .
Mayor Janice Morrison said: “We have one of the smallest municipal police forces in the country. “This tragedy has hit us hard; our deepest condolences go out to Const. Nolet’s family.”
More to come.