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Skier dies in avalanche in San Bernardino Mountains of southern California

January 26 2008 at 12:52 AM
Ken Akerman  (Login KenAkerman)

Response to January 2008 Accidents/Rescues


WRIGHTWOOD, CA - As the Southland braced for a weekend of more storms, rescuers this afternoon were dealing with two avalanches in the San Bernardino Mountains that left one skier dead.

In Wrightwood, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said, two people were rescued after an avalanche hit around noon in the mountains near the community -- one of whom died at a Hesperia hospital. A third skier was treated and transported to nearby Desert Valley Medical Center.

Tim Wessel, a division chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, described the 22-year-old man as an employee of Mountain High Resort who was in the mountains on his day off when he was caught by the avalanche.

"He was trapped in the initial avalanche," Wessel said. The man was one of three people who went missing after the first avalanche.

"Two of the people walked, but the man was still trapped and it took L.A. County search and rescue and ski patrol to find him. It took about an hour and a half to get him out," he said.

Click here to read the article from the Los Angeles Times.

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