Alaska State Troopers revealed that one snow machiner has died as the result of an avalanche that struck near Cooper Lake on Monday afternoon.
AST’s communications center received a call reporting that a snow machiner had been buried in an avalanche at the Cooper Lake area at 3:20 pm Monday.
Seward-based troopers responded to the scene where they were met with witnesses who had immediately began rescue efforts after the avalanche.
The snow machiner, identified as 32-year-old Kekai Dang of Kasilof, was finally recovered from the snow two hours later, but was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Dang’s next of kin were notified of the incident.