Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fall was not cause of skierís death

County says man died of heart failure


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

    The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that heart failure caused the death of a skier who fell from the Christmas chairlift on Bald Mountain last week.
    Fifty-six year-old Dana Mower, a Sun Valley and Seattle resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 28.
    Though the initial reports showed an uncertain cause of death, Chief Deputy Ed Fuller said an autopsy over the weekend revealed that Mower had a heart attack, which likely caused him to fall from the lift.
Mower had a heart attack, officials said, which likely caused him to fall from the chairlift.


Mower reportedly fell at a point about 100 yards above the bottom of the Christmas chairlift, near Rock Garden ski run. Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel said at the time that Mower had suffered no apparent injuries.


    Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach said last week that the Sun Valley Ski Patrol responded to a call of a downed skier under the Christmas lift, which transports skiers from the Roundhouse area to the Lookout Summit. Ski patrollers began CPR on the unresponsive man, who was later transported to St. Luke’s Wood River.
    Mower was pronounced dead at the hospital just after 4:47 p.m. Wednesday.


Kate Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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