Jan 14th @ 4:04 pm in Local Events, News, Obituaries, People, Public Service by Scott Staley
Sunday January 13, at approximately 4:30 pm, Gunnison County officers received information concerning a possible avalanche in the Marble area. The reporting party consisted of two males who declared that they had survived the slide but stated that there was a 37-year-old male who had not. They stated that they were able to locate their companion and dig him out of the compacted snow but that he was deceased. It was by their speculation that he had died from trauma experienced in the violence of the avalanche. At about 10:45 am (today), a contingency group advancing near the remote area and assessed the elements and geological characteristics of the location. Subsequently, the response team has requested a helicopter assist in the recovery and that authorization has been granted. The name of the victim has not been released at this time as confirmation has not been established.
As of this time, a helicopter successfully recovered the remains of the 37-year-old James Lindenblatt of Summit County. It was reported that the entire basin was unstable as well as, the immediate location of the body. This was an incredibly difficult and dangerous mission. All personnel involved in the recovery operation returned without further incident or injury.