JACKSON, Wyo. – Teton County Search and Rescue responded at this time to an avalanche at Togwotee Go, the place a snowboarder was later pronounced lifeless.
Round midday on Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Teton County Sheriff’s Workplace acquired a 911 name from an individual who reported an avalanche burial on Togwotee Mountain, particularly close to Two Ocean Mountain and Wind River Lake.
A male topic, who has been recognized as Michael McKelvey, 31, was with a gaggle that had been snowboarding within the space. After taking a bounce and descending to a slope dealing with northeast, the snow caved in, inflicting an avalanche that buried McKelvey.
Members of McKelvey’s group have been in a position to shortly find him inside the particles of the avalanche by way of his avalanche beacon and utilizing an avalanche probe. Nonetheless, it was decided that McKelvey had been buried underneath 10 to 12 toes of snow and didn’t reply when he was recovered. The life-saving measures have been carried out initially by members of McKelvey’s group and later by Search and Rescue personnel from Teton County and Grand Teton Nationwide Park.
McKelvey was transported a brief distance from the scene of the incident in short-distance Teton County Search and Rescue. McKelvey was then transported by ambulance to Jackson Gap airport and airlifted to Idaho Falls, Idaho, the place he died.
“The Teton County Sheriff’s Workplace is saddened by this occasion and presents its condolences to McKelvey’s household and buddies,” TCSO stated in a press launch.
This occasion is the second deadly avalanche in northwest Wyoming in two days. Yesterday, a 56-year-old Michigan snowmobile was killed in an avalanche southeast of Alpine.
“That is the second avalanche demise in western Wyoming in as many days, and it follows the current pattern of tragic avalanche accidents throughout the nation. With the current heavy snowfall and extra on the way in which, a reminder to maintain you protected on the market, ”stated the Teton County Search and Rescue Division.
Buckrail presents his honest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.