Snowboarder killed in Southeast Alaska avalanche
A second Alaska snowboarder in less than a week has been killed by an avalanche, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday, after a slide near Haines in Southeast Alaska.
According to a Wednesday trooper dispatch, the Haines Borough Police Department relayed word that 34-year-old local man David Dzenawagis “had been buried in an avalanche in the area of Takshanuk Mountain.”
“The two other skiers with him at the time, Ted Cheney, age 36, and Theodore Hart, age 33, both of Haines, were able to extract him from the snow within 7-8 minutes and attempted resuscitative efforts,” troopers wrote.
Haines firefighters responded by helicopter to the mountain, which has a trailhead near mile 7 of the Haines Highway, and flew Dzenawagis’ body to the police department’s morgue. His next of kin have been notified, troopers, said, the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage will ultimately conduct an autopsy.
Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said nobody else was hurt in the avalanche. Details on the depth and extent of Wednesday’s fatal slide were still pending.
The Haines avalanche comes after a Saturday slide that killed 33-year-old Jeffrey Cheng of Anchorage near Moose Pass. Two friends of Cheng, a Ravn Alaska pilot who had also flown for Regal Air, performed CPR on him for about 30 minutes before medics arrived and declared him dead.
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