Jacob Fluty : Snowmobiler Killed in Wyoming’s \’Avalanche Alley\’

By | February 12, 2024

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By Trend News Line 2024-02-12 13:20:37.

Saratoga Local Tragically killed in Southern Wyoming Avalanche

A devastating incident occurred in the southern Wyoming backcountry last Friday, resulting in the tragic loss of a Saratoga, Wyoming resident. Jacob Fluty, 34, was snowmobiling in an area known as “Avalanche Alley” when he was caught in an avalanche. The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this heart-wrenching news on Sunday.

On the afternoon of February 8th, the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency SOS activation from a SPOT device in the Sierra Madre Range. Deputies quickly responded and were able to make contact with the individual who had activated the device. It was reported that Jacob and his snowmobiling partner had been caught in an avalanche while riding in Haskins Creek, west of Battle Pass.

According to a preliminary report from the East Wyoming Avalanche Information Exchange, the avalanche broke two to eight feet deep and was very wide. Jacob’s riding partner was partially buried, but managed to free himself. Tragically, Jacob was buried by the avalanche and did not survive, despite the efforts of his partner to rescue him.

Search and Rescue volunteers, along with the Sheriff’s Office staff and the County Coroner, swiftly responded to the scene on snowmobiles and tracked rescue vehicles. They were able to locate and recover Jacob’s body, as well as his snowmobile.

Jacob Fluty was not only a snowmobiler, but also a father, husband, town councilman, and a dear friend to many in Carbon County. His untimely passing has left a void in the community, and our hearts go out to his friends and family during this extremely trying time.

For those who wish to support Jacob’s family in their time of need, donations can be made through the Meal Train website or the GoFundMe page.

If you or someone you know regularly snowmobiles in Carbon County, it is strongly encouraged to visit the Eastern Wyoming Avalanche Information Exchange website. This valuable resource tracks avalanche activity in the area and allows members of the public to share their observations directly on the website.

This tragic incident marks the seventh avalanche fatality in the United States this season and the ninth in North America. It serves as a somber reminder of the dangers that can accompany winter recreational activities in mountainous regions.

Our thoughts are with Jacob Fluty’s loved ones as they navigate this profound loss..

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