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Recovery Effort for Ketchikan Man Buried in Avalanche Sunday Temporarily Suspended


February 26, 2018
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Sunday, the Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan received a third-party report of a person buried in an Avalanche around 4:16 PM. According to the Troopers' Dispatch, it was reported that two men were out snowboarding on Dude Mountain outside of Ketchikan when a large avalanche let loose at approximately noon. One of the men, identified as Marvin Scott, 39 of Ketchikan, was buried.

Both men had on beacons. The man not buried searched for Scott for about an hour before hiking out and calling for help. There was not mobile service at the site of the avalanche.

Weather delayed a response by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. According to a report by KRBD, "In an interview later on Monday afternoon, Chris John of KVRS said the snow conditions were extremely dangerous, and crews could not search thoroughly. They looked as best they could from stable areas on the mountain, he says, and didn’t see any sign."

According to the AST, the KVRS was able to get into the area of the avalanche but due to dangerous weather conditions and the extremely high risk of another avalanche, they were unable to conduct a search of the debris field. 

KVRS is on a weather hold until they can get back into the area and reassess the avalanche threat to continue the search. The family has been notified.

Scott’s next of kin has been notified of the incident according to the Alaska State Troopers.


Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety



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