Sunday, August 4, 2013

Update: Search for Snowboarder on Mt. Hood

Posted By on Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM


Rescuers recovered the body of 25-year-old Collin Backowski August 4 from Oregon's Mt. Hood. Officials said Backowski had been burried under 8- to 10-feet of snow and ice.

The snowboarder had been missing since an ice tunnel collapsed Aug. 3 on the mountain's White River Glacier. Five of his companions were uninjured and tried to dig Backowski out, but weren't able to break through the ice.

Up to a dozen people used chainsaws and other tools to clear the snow and ice, before recovering Backowski's body.


Oregons Mt Hood volcano, a popular destination for snowboarders and hikers.
  • Oregon's Mt. Hood volcano, a popular destination for snowboarders and hikers.

Rescue efforts have resumed today as emergency responders continue to look for a 25-year-old snowboarder, trapped in a collapsed ice tunnel on Oregon's Mt. Hood on Aug. 3.

Collin Backowski, of Pines, Colo., had been walking through the White River Glacier area with friends Saturday afternoon when the tunnel suddenly collapsed on him, trapping him under a huge piece of hardened ice.

The Oregonian reports that Backowski's friends immediately called police and rescuers swiftly responded to the scene, attempting to dig the young man out for an hour with little success.

Located at an elevation of 8,100 feet, rescuers on the scene were using hand-tools in their digging efforts on Saturday, but planned to return Sunday with heavier equipment.

"This is clearly not a good-looking situation when it comes to survivability," Sgt. Pete Hughes, a spokesman for the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, told The Oregonian.

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