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Rescuers find body of Mount Hood snowboarder

August 4th, 2013 2:34 pm by Associated Press

Rescuers find body of Mount Hood snowboarder

In this undated photo provided by the Hood River County Sheriffs Office, a hiker stands at the entrance to an ice tunnel that collapsed, trapping a snowboarder at Oregon's Mount Hood on Saturday. (AP Photo/Hood River County Sheriffs Office)

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. — Authorities say rescuers have recovered the body of a Colorado snowboarder killed when an ice tunnel collapsed on Oregon's Mount Hood.

Collin Backowski had been missing since the tunnel collapsed Saturday afternoon. Five of his companions survived and managed to call for help, but they were unable to dig through the thick ice and snow to reach him.

About a dozen searchers armed with chain saws and other tools resumed looking for the 25-year-old early Sunday, and reached his body at about 8:45 a.m. under about 10 feet of snow.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tiffany Peterson says the searchers had to remove tons of snow and ice by hand.

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