Man dies of avalanche injuries
December 11, 2007
A Minnesota native has died of injuries he suffered in an avalanche in Colorado.
Luke Oldenburg, 31, of Fort Collins, Colo., a graduate of Rochester Mayo High School, was snowboarding Dec. 2 with two friends near Cameron Pass when he was buried beneath 6 feet of snow. The avalanche missed his friends. He died Monday, an obituary on his funeral home’s website said.
According to Colorado officials, Oldenburg’s friends were able to locate him with the help of a beacon and pulled him out of the snow. He had stopped breathing and his heart had stopped beating, but his friends were able to revive him using CPR, officials said.
They wrapped Oldenburg in a sleeping bag, and one of his friends left for help while the other began sliding him down the mountain, with help from others in the area. Oldenburg was airlifted to a hospital about three hours after the avalanche.
Oldenburg, the son of Glenn and Pat Oldenburg of Rochester, was born in Rochester and graduated from Mayo High School and from North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., with degrees in landscape architecture and environmental design. He worked as a landscape architect in Fort Collins.
He is survived by his parents and a brother, Adam, of Hopkins, Minn.
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A visitation will be held Thursday in Fort Collins, with other services later in Rochester.