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Bozeman Man's Body Recovered After Killed In Avalanche

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Wednesday's fatality marks the first avalanche death in the Gallatin National Forest in two years.

Since last night, the Gallatin County Search and Rescue members and the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center worked to put together a plan on how they would recover 46-year-old Burton Kenneth Gibson after he was caught and killed in a slide Wednesday afternoon, sometime between 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.

"We've got 18 search and rescue personnel, the helicopter and avalanche experts all working on the recovery," said Brian Gootkin, Gallatin County Sheriff.

"Responders were flown to the area to make sure the avalanche danger was mitigated then they recovered Mr. Gibson," said Jason Jarrett, Gallatin County Search and Rescue Commander. "In the meantime, we had snowmobiler teams and other teams available to assist."

Gibson was snowmobiling with two other Bozeman men in Onion Basin near Eaglehead Mountain, east of Big Sky when he was buried and killed in the slide

One of the other men was also buried by the avalanche, but was able to dig himself out.

"One was able to execrate himself even though he was fully buried. The other person was killed in that," said Jarrett. "The third person was not in the avalanche."

The two riders located Gibson using their avalanche transceivers, uncovered him and attempted CPR. But, Gibson did not respond.

The two survivors made their way to Portal Creek trailhead, about 11 trailhead miles from the location and notified authorities.

Search and Rescue did not attempt to locate Gibson on Wednesday night because avalanche conditions in the area were considered high risk for triggering an avalanche.

"There was no way we were going to go up there because of the high avalanche danger and darkness," said Gootkin.

Gibson's body was recovered and transported to Bozeman on Thursday afternoon.

"The helicopter just dropped off Mr. Gibson about a mile up Portal Creek then we had our search and rescue team with a sled up there," said Gootkin.

Gootkin said the other man caught in the slide only suffered minor injuries. The Portal Creek trailhead has now reopened to the public.

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