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Date: 2007-12-02
Submitted By: NWAC
Place: Back country north of Crystal Mt Resort
State: WA
Country: USA
Fatalities: 3
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

Activity Snowboard

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

***MEDIA REPORTS***

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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:

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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

carrying.

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.