Parents of Haines avalanche victim plan lawsuit against outfitter

September 17, 2012 

The parents of Nickolay Dodov, a California snowboarder who was killed in a March avalanche near Haines along with a guide from outfitter Alaska Heliskiing, have asked the Haines Borough to revoke the company's permit and say they will sue the company for negligence, reports the Chilkat Valley News (subscription may be required).

"We believe permit requirements and compliance to policies, procedures and protocols in the operations plan have been broken, resulting in the death of Nickolay Dodov. We have documentation of negligence, unsafe operations and procedures not followed," Alex and Natalia Dodov wrote to the borough Aug. 17.

The couple sent 23 pages of documents including ones comparing the company's operations and safety plan to details contained in an avalanche incident report written by Alaska Heliskiing guide Kent Scheler.

Among the couple's allegations: that the company and the guide who died, Rob Liberman of Colorado, downplayed or ignored the high potential for avalanches that day, and that Liberman made light of his clients' use of avalanche survival gear.

Read more at the CVN: Victim's family: Revoke heli-ski permit

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