Sneeuwscooter dood in die lawine van Idaho

'N Man wat sneeu in die Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho sentraal sterf, is Vrydag dood nadat hy 'n groot stortvloed veroorsaak het.

Die sneeuwscooter ry teen 'n steil helling in die Smoky Mountains, rofweg 8 miles from Galena Summit, when he triggered the avalanche, according to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.
We are saddened to report that a snowmobiler was caught and killed in an avalanche yesterday in the upper reaches of the Smiley Creek drainage,” the avalanche center said in a Facebook-plasing.
The avalanche danger was rated considerable at the time of the accident,” het die sentrum gesê. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the victim’s friends and family.
    The rider deployed his avalanche airbag and was not buried, volgens die sentrum, but died from severe injuries sustained during the torrent of snow.
    His partners discovered him on the surface and were unable to revive him.
    The avalanche broke 3-4′ (voete) deep and over 500′ (voete) wide on a south-facing slope at 9100′ (voete),” the center gesê.

    A deadly avalanche season

    The snowmobiler’s death marks the latest in a series of deadly avalanches that have killed 29 people across the United States this winter season, Volgens die Colorado Avalanche-inligtingsentrum.
    The deadliest avalanche years occurred in 2008 en 2010, wanneer 36 avalanche fatalities were recorded by CAIC.
    Nikki Champion, a forecaster at the Utah Avalanche Center, aan CNN gesê vroeër vandeesmaand that the deadly season could be attributed to more people enjoying more time outdoors and areally dangerous snowpack.
      This year’s avalanche season has likely been more active because of apersistent weak layerof snow, according to Champion.
      Although avalanches can form any time if the right conditions are present, there is typically a sharp increase in avalanche deaths during January and February.

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