HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- A 50-year-old woman from Huntington Beach was killed in a freak snowboarding accident after she became stuck head-first in a creek.
It happened while Mary Scott King was heli-skiing with her boyfriend Saturday in the Mineral Creek Basin near Telluride, Colorado. King was following a group of skiers downhill when she fell into a creek and her helmet became stuck between two rocks, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's office.
Sheriff's officials say King was not a beginner at snowboarding. They called the incident a "freak accident."
Responders weren't sure whether King died of blunt force trauma or drowned, however, the incident had all the indications of a drowning, according to San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters.
Heli-skiing involves delivering skiers to the top of the mountain by helicopter, rather than a ski lift, giving them more of a backcountry experience.
Huntington Beach Snowboarder Drowns in 'Freak Accident'
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