Avalanche Buries and Kills Snowmobiler in Alaska

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A 21-year-old snowmobiler died yesterday after he was buried in an avalanche near Unalaska, AK Anchorage Daily News reports.

The Unalaska Fire Department said in an emailed alert it received a call about 5:30 pm that a snowmobiler was buried off Overland Drive in the Unalaska Valley, a few miles east of the Aleutian Islands city. First responders and others on the scene located Trey N. Henning of Unalaska and dug him out of the snow.

“CPR was initiated and other lifesaving measures were taken both on the scene and throughout his extrication from the mountain,” the fire department said.

Henning was declared dead at the Unalaska Clinic at about 7 pm after efforts to revive him failed.

alaska, Overland Drive in the Unalaska Valley
Overland Drive in the Unalaska Valley, AK

It was the second avalanche death of the season in Alaska. A 32-year-old snowmobiler, Kekai Dang of Kasilof, died in an avalanche Feb. 10 near Cooper Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.

There have been 17 avalanche related deaths in the USA this year and 6 in Canada.

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