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Woman dead, man missing in Washington avalanches

1:45 PM, Apr 14, 2013   |    comments
A man with King County Search and Rescue runs toward scene of avalanche at exit 47 along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, Sat. April 13, 2013. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times/AP Photo)
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(ABC NEWS) -- A woman hiker has died and another hiker is missing after a pair of avalanches occurred in the Cascade Mountains in Washington state this weekend, authorities said.

The woman's name has not been released. She was found not moving and somewhat conscious after fellow hikers nearby dug her out of five feet of snow. Rescuers "hiked her out through blizzard like conditions," Kings County Sheriff officials said in a news release. Medics later confirmed she had died.

The first avalanche took place around noon at Granite Mountain, knocking three men who were on snowshoes to the ground. Two emerged injured from the snow, however the third, a 60-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, did not.

Due to poor weather conditions, the search was indefinitely suspended today for the missing hiker.

A team of 100 rescuers, some with search dogs, fanned out in the area on Saturday to search for the missing snowshoer, however heavy snowfall and fading daylight hampered the search and rescue mission, forcing the teams to retreat for the night.

Tragedy struck in the area last year when three world-class skiiers were killed by an avalanche at Stevens Pass.


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