Snowboarder killed in avalanche near Moose Pass
An Anchorage man was killed in an avalanche while snowboarding with two friends in the backcountry near Crescent Lake Saddle Cabin Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers say at 6:24 p.m. Jeffrey Cheng, 33, was snowboarding when an avalanche occurred and buried him in the snow. According to the online dispatch, his friends Cody Lourie, 33, and Bryce Fischer, 27, recovered him from 6 feet of snow and performed CPR for about 30 minutes.
Fischer left for the trail head to get cell service to call for help and recovery efforts were made. The U.S. Forest Service, Alaska State Troopers and Moose Pass medics responded on snowmachines.
At 10:15 p.m. rescue personnel located Cheng's body and declared him deceased. His body was transported to Carter Lake trailhead and Peninsula Memorial responded for Cheng. His body has been sent to the state medical examiner for an autopsy.
Next of kin have been notified.
Regal Air owner Nick Cunningham said Monday that Cheng was a pilot who had flown for the air carrier until summer 2016. He subsequently flew for Ravn Alaska, according to spokeswoman Debbie Weinrand.
The American Avalanche Association does not list any other avalanche fatalities, which makes this is the first avalanche death of the season.
John Grobe contributed information to this story.
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