published Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Boy feared dead after falling in glacier crevasse

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A 9-year-old Alaska boy fell into a deep glacier crevasse and state troopers say he likely did not survive.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Sjohn Brown of Fairbanks fell into roughly 200-foot while riding a snowmobile Saturday at the Arctic Man Classic, a race involving snowmobiles and skiers or snowboarders in the Hoodoo Mountains off the Richardson Highway,

Alaska State Troopers say the boy rode around a small mound and disappeared.

Troopers say he apparently fell into a mulan, which forms when water flowing on glaciers erodes ice.

A climber descended into the hole and spotted the boy’s helmet and goggles and part of the snowmobile.

Authorities say the boy may be buried in deep snow.

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