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A rescue operation is underway south of Merritt for a snowmobiler missing off the Coquihalla Highway.

A Search and Rescue helicopter is being deployed to the Coquihalla Lakes Recreational area amid avalanche fears.

Contact with the unidentified man has been made via his cell phone overnight.

Last month, a Maple Ridge man was killed following an avalanche while riding with a group of about a dozen snowmobilers in the same area.

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