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January 18, 2010
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'Freak' heli-skiing accident in Telluride kills woman

TELLURIDE, Colo. - A heli-skiing accident has killed a woman who fell into a creek and apparently drowned when her helmet got stuck between two rocks.

Fifty-year-old Mary Scott King, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was heli-skiing with a guide in the Mineral Creek Basin near Telluride Saturday morning when she crossed a creek.

The San Miguel County Sheriff's Office says King fell in the water and that her helmet became wedged between two rocks. The guide was unable to free her, and she drowned.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters called the death "one of those freak things."

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