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Snoqualmie Pass, United States

By February 28, 2018 No Comments

The bodies of two teenage boys were found in a backcountry area in Washington state on Monday after an avalanche struck the area over the weekend, a day after a man was killed in a separate slide.

The King County Sheriff’s Office said searchers found the boys, ages 17 and 18, just before noon on Monday, after the two went missing while snowshoeing near the Alpental ski area in Snoqualmie Pass, located 50 miles east of Seattle.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to that family,” King County Search and Rescue’s Alan Labissoniere told Q13 FOX.

Labissoniere said the pair “knew the area” and were wearing avalanche beacons when they made the trek on Sunday. Rescues were able to find the teenagers about a mile and a half into the Snow Lake Trail buried into the snow because they were wearing avalanche beacons.

Rescue can take time

Avalanche rescue can take time especially in hard to get to areas or when the weather is bad.

The first 15 minutes

The chance of survival after being buried by an avalanche is ca 80% in the first 15 minutes. After this the chance drop dramatically.