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Date: 2014-02-15
Submitted By: AAA
Place: Sawatch Range, Independence Pass, Star Mountain
State: CO
Country: USA
Fatalities: 2
Summary: 5 backcountry skiers caught, 3 injured, 2 buried and killed

Late Saturday afternoon a group of 7 backcountry skiers were caught on Star Mountain, a rugged, 12,941-foot peak just west of the winter closure of State Highway 82. (This is the east side of the pass in Lake County/Leadville.) The three injured required evacuation and hospitalization. Rescuers suspended the search effort Saturday evening due to darkness and returned Sunday morning. About lunchtime rescuers using transceivers found the 2 other buried victims.

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Posted: 16 Feb 2014 at 1258 MST.

Updated 17 Feb 2014 at 1912 MST.

Updated 22 Feb 2014 at 1707 MST to correct number caught from 7 (group size) to 5 (number caught).

Updated 11 Mar 2014 at 0537 MDT to link to final CAIC report.