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Two snowmobile drivers were buried in a Colorado avalancheaccording to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).
It would be the third instance of a fatal avalanche this season, and the third and fourth deaths, respectively.
According to official data, one of the riders, a 58-year-old man from northern Colorado, was found by other snowmobiles because they had a transponderbut CPR efforts were unsuccessful and the individual was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Emergency search teams found the body of the second victim, a 52-year-old man. of northern Colorado on Sunday, the sheriff’s office said.
The authorities said that Both bodies were taken to the Grand County Coroner’s Office, where they will be identified. and the official cause of death will be confirmed.
“Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those involved in this tragic accident,” the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in a statement Sunday.
The avalanche itself occurred around 11,600 feet, according to the CAIC, which noted: “Colorado’s snowpack is currently very dangerous and will remain so for many weeks to come,” they said.
“It is unlikely that it will have obvious signs of instability such as natural avalanches, cracks and landslides. A slab that breaks like glass and thick blocks of snow that drag you into an avalanche impossible to survive… During this period of very serious consequences, avoid being on, under, or near slopes steeper than about 30 degrees unless you know there is not a weak layer below you,” he stressed.
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