January 19, 2010 8:30 AM
Snowboarder who died had proposed
By ANNIE BURRIS and JON CASSIDY
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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Helitrax Guide Hilaree O’Neill was skiing right behind her, and tried to take off King’s helmet, but her hands went numb in the frigid water, she told the Telluride Daily Planet.
Only King’s head was trapped underwater in the shallow creek. Her snowboard and legs lay on the bank. The creek was 12 to 16 inches deep, Helitrax officials said. It took “considerable” force to pull her free, Helitrax director Aaron Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez, who was downhill with a second group, was helicoptered up to the accident to help. The rescuers tried to dam the water from running over King’s face, but by the time she was pulled from the water, 10 minutes had passed. King had no pulse and was not breathing; she was pronounced dead at the scene about noon.
San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters called the death “one of those freak things.” Coroner officials said she died of drowning.
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A sad tragic accident! Stunning. I bet a lot of people will be kicking themselves for a long time about this one.
But, we know not the day; nor the hour!
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