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Haines avalanche claims Colo. man

Posted: March 13, 2012 - 7:24pm

A Colorado man heli-skiing in Haines died Tuesday morning when he was buried in an avalanche, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said in a dispatch that Robert Liberman, 35, of Telluride, Colo., was one of two people in a group of six heli-skiiers who were buried in the avalanche. Liberman died on scene. The other person, whose identity is being withheld, was pulled from the snow and taken to Seattle, Troopers said.

According to the dispatch, Liberman and the five other people in his group were heli-skiing on Takhine Ridge off of Mile 33 of Haines Highway when the avalanche hit.

Troopers said all of the skiers were wearing beacons at the time of the incident, and that all are out of the field and accounted for.

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