Ketchikan man’s body recovered after avalanche
Searchers have recovered the body of a Ketchikan snowboarder killed in a Sunday avalanche near the Southeast Alaska town, after days of poor weather prevented their return.
Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch that 39-year-old Marvin Scott’s body was recovered Thursday from Dude Mountain by members of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad.
“All KVRS members safely returned to Ketchikan following the successful recovery effort,” troopers wrote. “Next of kin was appraised of the situation.”
Scott had been snowboarding with another man at about noon Sunday, troopers said, when a slide buried Scott and the other man began searching for him. The survivor didn’t have cellphone service in the area, and left to get help after about an hour of searching.
Efforts to find Scott had been placed on a “weather hold” Monday, troopers said, due to “dangerous weather conditions and the extremely high risk of another avalanche.”
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