Detailed Accident Report
Submitted By: NWAC; Kramer
Place: Brown Bear Basin near Harts Pass
Summary: 1 snowmobiler caught, buried, and killed
On 12-28-08 at around 4:00 PM Okanogan County Deputy Michael Blake, Aero
Methow Rescue and Okanogan County Search and Rescue responded to Harts
Pass reference a subject trapped in an avalanche.
The investigation shows that Joshua S. Peters, 24 of Colville was
riding snowmobiles in the area of Brown Bear Basin near Harts Pass.
Peters was caught in the avalanche and was buried by the snow. His
fellow snowmobilers were able to locate Peters and dig him out after
about fifteen minutes. Peters was not breathing at the time and CPR was
started but Peters was never revived and was pronounced deceased.
Approximately 16 volunteers responded into the area to assist.
All four riders were very experienced riders, had avalanche beacons and
avalanche probes with them.