Second person found dead after Silver Mountain avalanche

(KREM TV image)

(KPAX) KELLOGG, ID — A seventh person involved in an avalanche on Silver Mountain on Tuesday has been found and was confirmed dead at Shoshone Medical Center.

According to a Facebook post by Silver Mountain, at least two people involved in the avalanche died and five were rescued.

The resort said the avalanche swept down the Wardner Peak ski run at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The run is listed as closed on Silver Mountain website , but it is unclear whether it was closed before the avalanche occurred.

“This evening, Silver Mountain Ski Patrol located an additional person buried in the avalanche. The skier was extricated and has been transported to Shoshone Medical Center.

“Indications are all skiers are now accounted for. Silver Mountain extends our deepest condolences to everyone affected, and out of respect to the families, no further comments will be released at this time,” Silver Mountain said in a statement.

Silver Mountain posted on its Facebook page earlier on Tuesday that one person died in the avalanche before a second death was confirmed later in the day as rescuers continued their search.

Crews said at 8 p.m. on Tuesday that they were done searching for the night, but Silver Mountain officials said they believe all people in the area have been found.

Silver Mountain was open on the Kellogg side on Wednesday following the avalanche, but the Wardner Peak side is closed.

KREM TV’s Taylor Viydo and Roger Hatcher spoke to skiers that were in the area and helped with rescue efforts.

Some witnesses said they saw two skiers caught in the avalanche who were alive and well, while another one was blue in the face.

The skiers told Viydo responders started chest compressions on the victim before taking him away on a stretcher.