Among the three mountaineers who perished in an avalanche in Washington State was a 60-year-old woman from New York.
According to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, the event occurred on Sunday afternoon, February 19, in the central Cascade Mountains near Colchuck Lake, which is 70 miles east of Seattle.
On Monday, February 20th, a 56-year-old man from Maryland phoned law enforcement and stated that six members of his group had attempted to summit Colchuck Peak the day before, while he remained at their base camp.
According to authorities, the avalanche was set off by the group’s leader as they were making their way up a particularly treacherous section of the mountain. Three of the climbers were killed when four of them were swept about 500 feet down the mountain.
The two other victims were a 66-year-old male from New Jersey and a 53-year-old guy from Connecticut, according to authorities. On Wednesday, February 22nd, their identities and places of origin were slated to be released to the public.
Other reports say the 56-year-old New York man who made up the fourth climber did not have life-threatening injuries. His companions, a man in his 50s from New York and a man in his 36s from New Jersey, were both unharmed, so the three of them were able to go back to base camp.
Once everyone had returned to camp, the man from Maryland was dispatched to find assistance.
On Monday afternoon, over two dozen rescuers from at least five agencies arrived at the base camp, but they decided against attempting to reach the deceased climbers due to the dangerous avalanche conditions, according to sheriff’s officials. They returned with the remaining hikers to the starting point of the path.
On Tuesday, rescue workers were again advised to stay away from the scene because of the danger. The sheriff’s office reported that it was making arrangements with the Northwest Avalanche Center to retrieve the deceased mountaineers’ remains.
Nobody’s homes are out in the open just yet.