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Snowmobiler Dies in Montana Avalanche

A snowmobiler died during an avalanche in southern Montana on Saturday, officials said Sunday.

The 33-year-old rider, who was from North Dakota, became trapped under six feet of snow on the southeast face of Sheep Mountain in Gallatin National Forest at approximately 1 p.m., officials said.

He was equipped with an inflatable airbag but was unable to deploy it, said Eric Knoff, a forecaster with the forest’s avalanche center.

Two others who were also trapped in the slide escaped “relatively unharmed,” Knoff said.

A search and rescue team was dispatched to the mountain just before 2 p.m. (4 p.m. ET), the Park County Sheriff’s Office said, and unsuccessfully administered CPR.

The three snowmobilers were part of a five-member group and were "reportedly experienced riders," Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst said, noting that they had beacons, probes, shovels and backpacks that contained airbags.

The avalanche came amid single-digit temperatures, heavy snowfall, strong winds and unstable terrain, Knoff said.

The likelihood of additional avalanches remained high on Sunday, he said.