44-year-old man killed in avalanche in Colorado

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A 44-year-old man has died after being caught in an avalanche in Colorado, officials said.

The victim was one of four snowboarders caught in an avalanche near Winter Park on Monday afternoon, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said.

Two snowboarders were buried, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Department. Bystanders and relatives were able to rescue one of the buried snowboarders, but the second was declared dead at the scene.

Deadly avalanche runway on December 26, 2022 near the top of Berthoud Pass in the area known locally as Nitro Chute in Grand County, Colorado.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

“This is a very popular backcountry riding and recreation area,” said Ethan Green, director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. is what you actually need to do if someone is buried in a clump of snow, so to speak, you don’t have much time to wait for the cavalry to come.Everyone in the group must have rescue equipment Avalanche walkie-talkie A shovel and a propol, they know how to use these guys actually had all the gear and they did a really great rescue, but unfortunately one didn’t even survive.”

The identity of the victim has not been disclosed.

“The most important thing people can do is check the avalanche forecast, make sure they have some training and have the right rescue equipment,” Green said. “When traveling in an avalanche zone, he will only try to expose one person at a time. You can be caught in an avalanche at once.”

ABC News’ Jeff Cook contributed to this report.

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