NWDMAN-MADEIn the Mountains around Cooke City Were Heavy Avalanches: Two People Died

In the Mountains around Cooke City Were Heavy Avalanches: Two People Died


At the beginning of the week, an unfavorable forecast of man-made avalanches in the mountains around Cooke City came true and there are victims.

In the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park, where snow has fallen by about 3.2 feet (1 meter) over the past week, there were no warning signs, and snowmobiling was allowed. The avalanche eventually caused snow cover about 5 feet (1.5 meters) deep and about 300 feet (91 meters) wide and buried two riders. The victims were 43-year-old Jesse Sellen and 40-year-old Karl Sellen. Rescue services tried to save the men – they dug them up and tried to reanimate – but it was too late.

According to the research center, in December 6 people have already died as a result of avalanches. Therefore, they urge people to be careful during the weekend seasons. Therefore, you should not go to the mountains in heavy snow.  But if you are caught in an avalanche, try to stay calm, protect your respiratory system and try not to go deep, but “swim” out of the snow as high as possible!

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