Avalanche claims life of Saratoga council member

Jacob Fluty, an experienced snowmachiner, was caught in an avalanche on Friday afternoon

Tragedy struck the Saratoga community early on the afternoon of February 9 when an avalanche claimed the life of 34-year-old Jacob Fluty.

According to a press release from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, a SPOT device emergency SOS activation was received in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The location of the SOS was southwest of Bridger Peak in an area known as “Avalanche Alley.” Responding deputies were able to contact the individual who had activated the SPOT device, who reported he and his snowmobile riding partner had been caught in an avalanche.

The individual told deputies the ridi...


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