HALFWAY, OR (KTVB/CNN) - Two injured skiers and their guides were rescued from the Oregon wilderness after an avalanche that left two people dead.
All day snowmobilers, snowshoers, skiers and crews on helicopters tried to reach two injured skiers atop an 8,000 foot ridge.
"Very steep very rocky they are on a mountain and it's almost a straight slide off," Sheriff Mitch Southwick said.
The group of six experienced backcountry skiers from Washington left with two guides for a multi-day trip but on day three around noon an avalanche hit killing one guide and one client and injuring two others.
Three other guides trekked in to help and overnight Tuesday three of the clients were able to make it out while the injured and the guides spent the night in the snow near the scene of the avalanche.
"They were up there with them. They got shelter and blankets and some had EMT training and were able to treat them," Southwick said.
Search crews finally got to the group and worked for hours getting the injured to safety.
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