Second man killed in Alaska avalanches in same week, authorities say

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Another avalanche has killed an Alaskan this week, after troopers say a snowboarder died near Haines.

David Dzenawagis, 34, of Haines, was reportedly "buried in an avalanche in the area of Takshanuk Mountain" just after noon on Wednesday, according to Alaska State Trooper reporting.

Two other Haines residents were out with him, and AST said they were able to dig him out within 7 or 8 minutes and tried to save him.

Haines Fire Department EMS personnel responded in a helicopter to the scene and pronounced Dzenawagis deceased and transported him to the HBPD morgue, troopers wrote.

The death in Haines is the second in less than a week involving avalanches. The first happened Saturday when skier 33-year-old Jeffrey Cheng of Anchorage was buried in an avalanche near Moose Pass.

Like Dzenawagis, two friends were with him and tried to resuscitate him with CPR, before he was declared dead at the scene by EMS.



 
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