Skier killed at Crystal Mountain identified

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Pierce County medical examiner's office has identified a Seattle skier who died at Crystal Mountain resort when he suffocated in a tree well.

The man was identified Thursday as 32-year-old Loren Miller. The cause of death was asphyxiation.

The ski patrol at Crystal said a skier told patrol members shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday that her skiing partner was missing. The patrol said the man had last been seen about 90 minutes earlier.

Ski patrol members spotted some ski equipment near the base of a tree and located the man, digging him out and starting CPR, but he died.

Snow immersion suffocation can happen when a skier falls, usually headfirst, into deep loose snow at the base of a tree and becomes immobilized under the snow.


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