Fifth body recovered after hikers caught in Canada avalanche

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Searchers found the bodies on Sunday, 500 metres below the mountain's summit.

At least 60 search and rescue members volunteered their time to search with dogs for those who had fallen, Buhr said.

The search began after a hiker called Squamish RCMP on Saturday around 3:45 p.m., concerned over the collapse of the cornice on the peak of Mount Harvey.

"She was holding (her) mom", said Kim, who was asked by the families with connections to the Korean community in the Vancouver area to speak on their behalf.

Colwell said blowing winds and snowdrifts can create very "dangerous" and "deceptive" ledges and cornices of unsupported packed snow on the mountain.

It's believed the hikers fell onto debris from an earlier avalanche after stepping out onto overhanging snow and ice that gave way.

Vancouver's North Shore mountains have been hit by an unseasonably late blast of snowy weather. "There were some tracks leading over to the edge and it looked like it had broken off there".

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

"They didn't do anything wrong", he said.

Yoon said: "I'm uncomfortable and very sad and I hope they are rescued".

Lions Bay is considering whether to post signs to warn about avalanches and cornices.

"It was a very big incident and the response was wonderful".

Rescuers said they had recovered the bodies of four of the hikers who went missing on Saturday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement on Sunday.