Rescue crews finally reach skiier killed in Okanogan county avalanche

Rescue crews finally reach skiier killed in Okanogan county avalanche

With the help of a helicopter, rescue crews have finally been able to retrieve the body of a skiier killed yesterday afternoon in an Okanogan County avalanche.

Just before 2 p.m., search and rescue personnel were sent to the incident out near Winthrop on Goat Creek Road and Forest Service 52 Road, approximately 12 miles up from the Sno-Park.

Four skiers were caught in an avalanche and one of the skiers was killed.

The other three skiers were able to find their fellow skiier through his beacon, but he did not survive and they were not able to bring him down off the mountain.

Rescue workers attempted to get into the area yesterday, but because of the dangerous conditions and extreme avalanche dangers they were unable to get to the victim.

During initial effort today, Monday, morning rescuers were again unable to reach the body because of the weather conditions. A short time ago, however, with the help of a helicopter, they were able to recover the body.

Coroner Dave Rodriguez will be releasing additional information on the name of the victim and the official cause of death as it becomes available.