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Date: 2006-04-29
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Backcountyr near Lookout Pass
State: ID
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 skier caught, buried, and killed

Spokane Spokesman-Review

Avalanche victim's body recovered

May 1, 2006

The body of a 50-year-old Spokane man swept away by a snowslide near Stevens Peak in Shoshone County was recovered Sunday.

Mark Davidson Tuggle was reported missing about 3:30 p.m. Saturday after a friend saw him caught in an avalanche in steep terrain, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office said. The friend searched for Tuggle until dark, then hiked back to his car to report the slide.

Because of darkness and hazardous conditions, rescue crews waited until Sunday morning to begin a search for Tuggle.

Tuggle was found about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. His death appears to have been caused by striking trees or rocks while caught in the avalanche, the Sheriff's Office said.

? Sara Leaming


Lifelong skier killed in avalanche Staff

Last updated: Monday, May 01st, 2006 07:59:02 AM

WALLACE, ID -- A Spokane man died Saturday evening after being swept away in an avalanche near Wallace, Idaho. The avalanche happened at approximately 3:30pm.

The body of 51-year old Mark Davidson Tuggle was recovered by Shoshone County Rescue workers Sunday morning. Sheriff Chuck Reynalds says Tuggle and a friend were skiing near Mullan Pass when Tuggle was swept away in the avalanche.

The Shoshone County Sherrif's Office says Tuggle's ski partner searched for Tuggle until dark, then hiked several miles back to his vehicle to report the accident. Rescue personnel from Shoshone County and members of the Mullan community returned to search the area at 6:30 Sunday morning. Tuggle was found three hours later.

Investigators say the cause of death is likely due to blunt-force trauma caused by trees and boulders during the snow slide. Two Gonzaga students were killed in an avalanche near the same area in January 2005.

Friends and family say Tuggle was an excellent skier who had skied the area near Mullan Pass several times before.