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Kirkland man dies in Kittitas County avalanche

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KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. -

Kittitas County Sheriff's deputies report that they have recovered the body of a man buried in an avalanche northwest of Cle Elum Sunday. 

Deputies say 45-year-old Mike Albertson was snowmobiling in the Hawkins Bowl of Hawkins Mountain just after noon on Saturday when he and another man were caught in a large avalanche. The other man was located quickly because his head and arm were visible above the snow. But deputies say it took rescuers about a half an hour to find Albertson who had hit a tree and was completely buried in snow.

Life saving measures were not successful.

Albertson's body was found by search and rescue ground teams Sunday morning.

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