5 rescued, 2 injured after avalanche at Squaw Valley

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A snowboarder missing since yesterday afternoon was found deceased at Squaw Valley Ski Resort on Friday.

Heather Turping told the Associated Press she was snowboarding when a scream of "Avalanche!" rang out and she saw "a cloud of snow coming down". Squaw Valley officials released more information after the incident via Twitter: The trigger of the avalanche was not immediately known, but a full investigation of the incident and its cause will be conducted, officials said. 'It just happened to literally pass a foot in front of me'.

About 100 police officers, ski patrol members from Squaw Valley and nearby mountains, firefighters, and search-and-rescue team members rushed to the slope as soon as the avalanche was reported at 1:40 p.m. Friday near the Olympic Lady chairlift, according to a statement by the resort.

Two women and three men were eventually rescued from beneath the snow.

"That's what saved his life", Turping said.

'I took my gloves off and I helped dig him out, ' she said.

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No skiers were on the mountain at the time.

Resort officials said the avalanche occurred at about 10:15 a.m. while resort workers were in an area closed to the public attempting so-called avalanche mitigation, which includes purposely creating smaller slides.

Search efforts were suspended Thursday night due to high avalanche danger in the area where three-feet of snow fell and wind gusts reached 150 miles per hour. It was the winter's deadliest avalanche so far, the report said.

Searchers on Friday found the body of a missing snowboarder at a major Tahoe-area resort. He had been reported missing by his friends Thursday night.

Some minor roadway flooding occurred, but the region's main highway, US 101, remained open throughout the storm.

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