Arco Man Dies in Avalanche in Bonneville County

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Updated: 12/27/2013 8:38 am
A man from Arco who was snowmachining with friends triggered an avalanche Thursday afternoon that took his life.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies responded around 3 PM Thursday to the area known as Neely's Cove near Palisades Peak. This area is near upper Palisades Lake.

Police say 39-year-old Rex J. Andersen of Arco was snowmobiling with a friends when they started climbing a steep slope. Three people in the party had climbed the slop successfully. Andersen was the fourth to try but he triggered a slide just before reaching the crest. Members of the group said Andersen tried to outrun the slide but he was overtaken and buried. He was buried about ten minutes before friends with avalanche beacons and shovels found him. They started CPR immediately.

Air Idaho Rescue was dispatched to the area. Medical teams confirmed Andersen could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers say Rex owned an avalanche rescue pack but he left it home today.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to know that with the recent storms and different types of snow fall, the conditions are not safe in the backcountry areas. They say if you choose to ride in these areas, take all of the proper safety equipment, ride with groups of responsible riders and do take any unnecessary risks.

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