TELLURIDE, Colo. - A search and rescue helicopter crashed Saturday in San Miguel County during the search for a missing cross-country skier who was later found dead.
Sheriff Bill Masters said no one was seriously injured when the helicopter lost power at 10,000 feet. It was carrying the pilot and a sheriff's deputy.
The search and rescue mission began Saturday morning for an 81-year-old man who was skiing with his Golden Retriever overnight. He was not immediately identified.
Victim found deceased approx 3/4 miles east of highway 145 at the top of Lizard Head Pass. Dog, "Buddy" guarding body from coyotes in area.— Sheriff Bill Masters (@sheriffmasters) May 3, 2014