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Bodies of 2 missing skiers found

8:57 PM, Feb 16, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - The bodies of two missing skiers were found Sunday after a large avalanche hit the day before in Lake County.

The skiers who died were wearing beacons and a survivor from their group had marked the locations of the bodies with ski poles.

Their identities were not released.

"They had all the right equipment. This just went bad, it just went wrong," said Lake County Sheriff Rod Fenske.

He says in the group of seven cross-country skiers, many were local - though the two people who died are from out of state.
"Why these people skied into it, I don't know," said Fenske.
It appears the group triggered the avalanche, he said.

The Lake County Office of Emergency Management says the slide was reported around 5 p.m. on Highway 82 about a mile beyond the LaPlata parking area.

Seven skiers were near the top of the ridge that activated the avalanche.

Three people were taken to the hospital in Leadville with various injuries. They include a broken leg, broken ankle a possible broken rib and a collapsed lung. As of Sunday one of those people has been released from the hospital. The others have been taken to other hospitals because of their injuries.

Two other skiers were not hurt.


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