An avalanche in the Marble area on Sunday, Jan. 13, has claimed the life of 37-year-old James Lindenblatt of Summit County. Two of his companions escaped and notified Gunnison County authorities.
According to Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Besecker, his officers received a report at about 4:30 p.m. of a possible avalanche in the Marble area. Two males who had survived the avalanche stated they were able to locate their companion and dig him out of the snow. Unfortunately, Lindenblatt was already deceased.
Monday morning a contingency group went to the remote area and advised that a helicopter would be needed in the recovery of the body due to the elements and geological characteristics of the location. By Monday afternoon, a helicopter successfully recovered the remains of Lindenblatt.
"It was reported that the entire basin was unstable, as well as the immediate location of the body," stated Sheriff Besecker. "This was an incredibly difficult and dangerous mission. All personnel involved in the recovery operation returned without further incident or injury."blog comments powered by Disqus