Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: NWAC
Place: Back country north of Crystal Mt Resort
Summary: 3 missing snowboarders presumed buried and killed
***NWAC PRELIMINARY REPORT***
Date: Dec 1-2, 2007
Location: Back country north of Crystal Mt Resort, WA
Summary: 3 missing and presumed dead, most probably caught, buried and
killed by avalanches [Victims were wearing beacons but no signals were ever
located]. Recovery probably delayed until next spring
Tacoma News Tribune story:
Hunt for missing snowboarders near Crystal Mountain ends
THE NEWS TRIBUNE
Published: December 9th, 2007 01:00 AM
Rescuers ended a six-day search Saturday for three missing snowboarders in
avalanche-prone terrain near the Crystal Mountain Ski Area.
Kevin Carter, 26; Devlin Williams, 29; and Phillip Hollins, 41, all of
Seattle, were last seen Dec. 1 hiking into the backcountry for an overnight
stay. Rescuers had been looking for the men since Monday.
More than 30 people were involved Saturday in the search, which used two
helicopters, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.
"The families are aware" of the end of the search, he said. "We've exhausted
everything we can do. The probability is they're buried. Next spring or
summer, we'll be out again in recovery efforts."
Avalanche conditions were "high" Dec. 1 and "extreme" on Sunday, according
to the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.
Hunter T. George, The News Tribune
Seattle Times Story:
Search ends for missing snowboarders
Seattle Times staff
The search for three missing Seattle-area snowboarders was called off
Saturday and officials said the men likely perished in an avalanche.
Rescuers on skis and helicopters have scoured rugged backcountry terrain
since Tuesday for the men, who disappeared last weekend during a
snowboarding trip near Crystal Mountain.
"At this point we've done everything we can do by ground or by air," said Ed
Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. "Unfortunately,
the probability is they're buried in one of the slides or avalanches."
Kevin Carter, 26, Devlin Williams, 29, and Phillip Hollins, 41, had gone to
the mountain Nov. 30, but failed to return as planned last Sunday.
Witnesses last saw the trio in the Bullion Basin area, and rescuers on
Thursday found signs of a makeshift camp, but were unable to locate the men
or pick up any signals from a rescue beacon they were believed to be
Families and friends of the men had been told that the rescue efforts would
be called off if there was no sign of the men by nightfall.
Troyer said unless authorities receive clues that the men are alive, crews
will wait until next spring to search for their bodies.