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February 12, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Rescuers try to reach injured skiers after Oregon avalanche

Update at 11:23 a.m.:|

The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Bad weather has scrubbed efforts to airlift two injured backcountry skiers who survived an avalanche that killed two others in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.

Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said Wednesday morning that two National Guard helicopters had to turn back due to low visibility, and efforts now are focused on getting people out by ground.

He says a search and rescue team reached the skiers on foot and was working on using ropes to get the injured off a steep slope, where they are bundled in rescue baskets.

Thompson says three uninjured skiers were taken out by snowcat.

Most of the skiers were from the Seattle area. They were on a guided five-day trip with an outfitter from Joseph.

Original post:| The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Rescuers are hoping for a break in the weather to evacuate two injured backcountry skiers who survived an avalanche that killed two others in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.

Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said Wednesday morning that two National Guard helicopters were flying to the site.

He says there’s no word on whether there’s enough visibility for the helicopters to pick up the two injured skiers, who were bundled in rescue sleds after a cold and snowy night on the mountain.

Four unhurt skiers were taken out by a snow cat, which couldn’t reach the injured skiers on the steep slope.

Most of the skiers were from the Seattle area. They were on a guided five-day trip with an outfitter from Joseph.

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