A snowboarder successful Oregon fell to his decease past week aft he was swept up successful an avalanche astatine Newberry National Volcanic Monument's Paulina Peak successful nan Deschutes National Forest, nan sheriff's section confirmed.
A hunt and rescue squad pinch nan Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office reached Erik Hefflefinger, of Bend, Oregon, wrong 3 hours of his autumn by aerial connected Wednesday day aft receiving SOS alerts from nan area, nan section said successful a release.
Oregon State Police also responded but weren’t capable to get to Hefflefinger because of nan snowfall conditions.
The sheriff's rescue squad was besides delayed after nan avalanche.
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Paulina Peak, nan highest constituent of nan Newberry Volcano, is 7,984 feet astatine nan summit. (USFS/Flickr)
The 33-year-old had a faint pulse, but he succumbed to his injuries astatine nan segment wrong an hour, officials said.
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He was taken to nan 10-mile Snow Park and released to a ceremonial home.
Two friends of Hefflefinger, who had snowboarded down earlier him, told authorities they saw him carried complete nan cliff by avalanche debris and were capable to scope him earlier rescuers to statesman CPR.
Hefflefinger whitethorn person deed a character during his fall, investigators said.
All 3 snowboarders had due avalanche information equipment, nan section said.
Two different avalanche deaths person been reported successful nan region truthful acold this twelvemonth pursuing nary deaths for nan past 9 years.
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"The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would for illustration to punctual everyone recreating successful nan backcountry to guarantee that you person nan due instrumentality and training," tee section said.
Paulina Peak, nan highest constituent of nan Newberry Volcano, is 7,984 feet astatine nan summit.