Snowboarder trapped in collapsed ice tunnel

Snowboarder trapped in collapsed ice tunnel

Snowboarder trapped in collapsed ice tunnel

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by KGW.com

WCNC.com

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Rescuers were on Mt. Hood Sunday morning to get to a 25-year-old snowboarder trapped under feet of ice after a tunnel collapsed Saturday afternoon.

The Hood River Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Collin Backowski from Pines, Colo. Rescuers said it's unlikely he survived but they are not giving up hope.

Backowski and five friends were scouting places to take video footage and pictures on the White River Glacier.

Around 4 p.m., Backowski got ahead of the group by about 30 or 40 feet as they were walking through a naturally-formed ice tunnel.

Then, an ice chunk about the size of a school bus came crashing down.

Late Saturday night, crews used tools to break apart overhangs and make conditions much safer for rescuer as they head to the area Sunday.

Crews were working meticulously with ice axes and chainsaws to work to get to Backowski.

The other five snowboarders got off the mountain safely.

 


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