Loveland man dies in avalanche |

Loveland man dies in avalanche

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GEORGETOWN, Colo. ” A 53-year-old Loveland man died Saturday after he was buried up to his neck in an avalanche near Echo Lake, Clear Creek County sheriff’s officials said.

The man and a woman were snowshoeing and skiing up Colorado Highway 5 when he fell about 50 yards off the road, authorities said. The woman yelled out to the man, just before the slide.

Sheriff’s officials had not determined what triggered the avalanche.

The woman’s dog found the man buried up to his neck. She helped dig him out along with three other people who came to help.

A medical helicopter was unable to land on the steep slope where the man was but helped the first rescuer reach the scene about 45 minutes to an hour after a call for help, sheriff’s Lt. Rick Albers said.

The man’s condition began to deteriorate after rescuers arrived, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Albers said. He said the man had a cut on his head and shoulder injuries but did not know what may have led to the man’s death.

The man’s name was not released.

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