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Deadly avalanche near ski resort in Washington state

At least three people are said to have died after an avalanche near a ski resort in the US state of Washington. Rescuers were dispatched to an out-of-bounds area near Stevens Pass ski resort after reports around noon local time (20:00 GMT). Eight skiers declared missing were later accounted for.

The resort is located in the Cascade Mountains north-east of Seattle. It is a day resort which draws heavily on skiers from the city and has a base elevation of 4,061 ft (1,238 m).

The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center warned of a high avalanche danger above 5,000 ft in the Stevens Pass area with a considerable danger at lower levels. The centre said there had been heavy snowfall over the last few days.

King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt Cindi West, who briefed journalists on the Stevens Pass deaths, said another person was killed in a separate incident. Sgt West said a snowboarder went over a cliff at Alpental ski area east of Seattle.

Source: BBC News

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Last updated December 4, 2016 at 11:02 PM
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