Osage man dies in Wyoming avalanche - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Osage man dies in Wyoming avalanche

Posted: Updated:
OSAGE (AP) -

A 26-year-old Iowa man died when an avalanche swept his snowmobile into a tree in northwest Wyoming.

Teton County Undersheriff Bob Gilliam says Tyler Tourlett, of Osage, was buried by the avalanche near the Togwotee Mountain Lodge on Tuesday.

Gilliam tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that responders, including a doctor flown from Jackson, tried to revive Tourlett for half an hour before the doctor pronounced him dead.

He says the avalanche occurred when Tourlett's sled got stuck in the snow and a friend circled behind him to try to help out. The friend was able to avoid the slide.

Tuesday's avalanche risk was rated "considerable" for elevations above 7,500 feet.

It was the second avalanche death in Wyoming this winter. There have been 16 nationwide.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.