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Man Injured in Fatal Avalanche Near Haines Dies

March 13, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska State Troopers say both men who were caught in a Tuesday avalanche near Haines have died.

Nick Dodov of Truckee, Calif., 26, was listed in critical condition early Wednesday, but died Wednesday afternoon. His next of kin have been notified.

Troopers in Haines were informed at 11:11 a.m. of the avalanche, which occurred near Mile 33 of the Haines Highway. Six people were heli-skiing on Takhine Ridge when the avalanche hit, burying 35-year-old Robert Liberman of Telluride, Colo.

Another nearby heli-skiing party responded to the avalanche site, but Liberman died at the scene.

Troopers said Dodov was also hit by the avalanche. He was dug out of the snow and taken to Washington state for treatment.

Trooper say all of the skiers were wearing avalanche beacons at the time of the avalanche, and that Liberman’s next of kin have been notified.

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