rangers find skiers’ bodies

Yesterday's search involved 35 rescue personnel and four canine teams.

After a six-day search, Grand Teton National Park rangers finally located the bodies of two skiers missing in Garnet Canyon.

Rangers detected transceiver signals late yesterday evening and returned to the site today to dig out the bodies, which were buried beneath 13 feet of avalanche debris. The two men — Walker Kuhl of Salt Lake City and Greg Seftick of Columbia Falls, Mont. — were buried in their tent near a large boulder in the avalanche path, according to a park release.

Rangers first picked up one beacon at about 7 p.m. yesterday, then detected another. They dug through five feet of snow before having to leave the canyon because of impending darkness. A team of six rangers returned today and dug for two hours to retrieve the bodies.

For more on the operation, visit the Teton park news blog.


Posted under Deaths, Environment, Sports

3 Comments so far

  1. jojo:1013 April 25, 2011 12:04 am

    God rest their souls.

  2. D April 25, 2011 11:07 am

    Sad.. Heart goes out to the families. Great job by the SAR and all involved.

  3. Scott April 26, 2011 12:44 am

    The families and friends of Walker Kuhl and Gregory Seftick are in our thoughts. So too are all the professionals and volunteers who put themselves in harm’s way to try to rescue them. We live in a spectacular place, but sometimes it exacts a high price.

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