OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASH. – An avalanche killed one person in Okanogan County near Winthrop on Saturday.
Officials said four skiers were caught in the avalanche. Three skiers located the male victim with his beacon but were unable to bring him down the mountain.
In a call to officers, the skiers said they were at 6,200 feet on the south face just below Sun Mountain in Washington.
Rescue workers attempted to reach the area yesterday but were unable to retrieve the victim due to dangerous conditions and extreme avalanche danger.
Officials said rescue workers were able to reach the victim on Sunday. They used a helicopter to airlift him from the mountain, down to ground crews stationed at the scene.
Officials said Coroner Dave Rodriguez is on the scene and will release more information, including the victim’s name, when the recovery is complete.
There have been five avalanche-related deaths in Washington this month.