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Body of snowboarder trapped in Mt. Hood ice cave recovered

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MOUNT HOOD, OR (KPTV) -

Search and rescue crews on Mount Hood have recovered the body of a snowboarder who was buried beneath ten feet of snow and ice that collapsed on him Saturday.

A spokesperson says hand tools were used to cut through about two tons of ice and snow Sunday morning. The process took close to three hours.

Hood River County Sheriff's Office have identified the snowboarder as 25-year-old Collin Backowski from Pines, CO.

According to the sheriff's office, six snowboarders were traveling through an ice tunnel when it collapsed.

The collapse happened around 4 p.m. Saturday near the White River Glacier and Palmer Glacier area of Mount Hood.

Backowski was about 30 to 40 feet ahead of the group when the collapse occurred. The other five were able to escape and were not injured.

Officials said the group was scouting locations on the mountain to shoot a video and ended up walking through a naturally formed ice cave when it collapsed.

Backowski's body was being transferred from the staging area at Timberline to Anderson Tribute Center in Hood River.

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