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Body of Snowboarder Found

Body of Snowboarder Found

By the SkiNet News Desk
posted: 01/01/2000

Vienna, Austria, Mar. 31 (AP)--The body of a young snowboarder buried in a massive avalanche earlier this week was recovered Friday after rescue teams set off explosives to move the snow mass, local media reported.

The avalanche, which killed 12 people in a huge snow slide south of Salzburg, buried the snowboarder under more than 6 feet of snow, the Austria Press Agency reported.

The body was identified as that of Markus Arnold, 22, a resident of Kaprun, a village at the foot of the mountain where the avalanche occurred Tuesday.

Rescue teams used radio devices and dogs to locate the body after the snow mass had been shifted.

Ten people were found dead after the avalanche swept down the Kitzsteinhorn mountain near Salzburg and another died at a hospital. Two others were able to free themselves while rescuers dug out a third survivor.

Most of the victims were training to be ski instructors. They included six Austrians, one Slovak, two Finns, one Belgian and one Dane.

Persistent fog, rain and snow grounded helicopters and prevented rescue crews from reaching the site earlier.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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