Child Feared Dead In Cravasse After Snowmobile Plunge

A child is feared dead in an Alaskan crevasse, after it appeared he plunged more than 200 feet into a snowy crevasse.

The boy feared dead in the crevasse is nine, and he was snowmobiling Saturday when it is believed he fell into a glacial moulin, which is a shaft that is circular, formed by glacial ice.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters confirms that Sjohn Brown of Fairbanks, Alaska, was last seen Saturday and that the area in which he may have fallen is difficult to access even for experienced rescuers.

Peters said in the email of the search for Brown and the crevasse:

“The deep hole requires skilled climbers. We made an attempt but the hole has filled with a significant amount of snow … The father rode to the location and found he had fallen through this hole.”

Peters added:

“The skill needed to rappel down the hole is significant. We must have trained personnel to attempt a recovery.”

The accident occurred about five miles northwest of Arctic Man in the Hoo Doo Mountains, and Peters confirms that it is not believed the child survived falling into the crevasse.

A local news source explains:

“According to troopers, the boy had been riding with an adult and others in the area when the adult took a break to watch from a hillside. When the boy rode around a small mound and did not reappear, the adult reportedly rode to the location and found the boy had fallen through a hole.”

Police say the child feared dead in the cravasse has not been sighted, but that his goggles and part of the snowmobile were visible in the deep snow. Brown’s family had been attending the Arctic Man Classic in Fairbanks.