San Francisco, February 5th – U.S. media reported on the 4th local time that three American climbers were killed in an avalanche in Alaska this week.
According to a press release issued by the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the three men are Thomas Devine (54 years old) in Chugak, Alaska, Matthew Neiman (43 years old) in Denver, Colorado, and Edward Watson (50 years old) in Miami, Florida.
On the 2nd, three people drove to the Xiongshan Mountain Pass in Chugak.
The Associated Press reported that they told their friends the news that they would be operating near Bear Mountain that day.
At about 10:30 a.m., the three people were seen for the last time before they set out to go up the mountain. They were scheduled to return to the parking lot at about 5 p.m. That night, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received reports of three people overdue.
Anchorage Daily News reported that on the morning of the 3rd, rescuers carried out a ground search for the area. In an avalanche landslide area, rescuers found the remains of three people buried in the snow.
At present, it is not clear when the avalanche occurred, and the direction of the three people at that time is unknown. Neither of them wears personal positioning beacons or avalanche beacons. Officials have notified the close relatives of the deceased.
Many people returned to the scene on the 4th to investigate the cause of the avalanche.
The Alaska Department of Public Safety said in a press release that there may be an avalanche in the Bear Mountain area, and hikers should avoid the area until the situation improves.
According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 15 people have been reported in the United States since this winter.
Last winter, 23 deaths from avalanches were reported across the United States.