Missing skiers found dead after avalanche

Feb. 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

DENVER, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Rescue workers in Colorado said they've recovered the bodies of two skiers feared dead after an avalanche Saturday afternoon that injured five others.

The two male victims recovered Sunday have not been identified, the Denver Post reported. The incident happened on a mountain in Lake County, eight miles west of Twin Lakes Village, officials said. It was reported about 5 p.m. Saturday. Seven skiers were rescued off the mountain, five of them having suffered various injuries including a broken leg, a broken ankle, a broken rib and a collapsed lung. Two skiers were not injured.

Two others were not found before darkness forced rescuers to call off the search. Their bodies were found Sunday near where the others had been, the Post said.

A spokeswoman for the Lake County Office of Emergency Management said the skiers' presence on the mountain -- in a location popular for winter fun-seekers -- is likely what triggered the avalanche.

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