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Nature can be unforgiving, even when safety precautions are taken.
Ketchikan suffered a tragedy this week when an avalanche descended on two snowboarders on Dude Mountain.
One escaped the falling snow and attempted to rescue the other. But the other hasn’t been located since the avalanche.
The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad is hoping for a break in the weather today or tomorrow at the latest in order to reach the scene of the avalanche.
The snowboarders had beacons to alert to their location. But, sometimes even safety precautions aren’t enough for conditions out in the wild.
This incident is heartbreaking. It also serves as a warning to others.
Let’s heed that warning.