Woman dies in Washington avalanche, 1 missing

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — A woman who had been buried in five feet of snow has died, and one man was still missing Sunday after a pair of spring avalanches struck separate groups hiking in the mountains east of Seattle, authorities in Washington state said.

Sergeant Katie Larson, of the King County Sheriff’s Office, said a rescue team worked through the night in a blizzard to carry the female snowshoer off the mountain.

She had been in and out of consciousness. Medics confirmed that she had died when they reached the base of the mountain, Larson said. ‘‘The conditions yesterday were horrific,’’ she said Sunday. ‘‘It took 25 rescuers about five to six hours’’ to get her off the mountain in a sled.


Meanwhile, the search for a hiker who was swept down the mountain in a separate avalanche at Granite Mountain was suspended indefinitely because of poor weather.

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He was with two friends when the avalanche took them 1,200 feet down the mountain. The two friends suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. One of them was taken to a hospital.

Associated Press