2 skiers killed in Utah avalanche, one rescued after digging himself out

Two skiers have died and a third has been rescued in an avalanche near Lone Peak, Utah.

Thursday, May 9 Utah Avalanche Center Two deaths were confirmed in the mountains outside Salt Lake City Report on X (formerly known as Twitter).

The third-party member was “carried off the mountain and transported to a local hospital for evaluation,” the nonprofit said.

“Rescue efforts have been suspended throughout the day and will resume in the morning,” the statement continued.

“The Utah Avalanche Center continues to gather information and will share additional details as they become available. Our condolences go out to all those affected by today’s tragic accident,” the message concluded.

Per to TVThe BBCAnd CBS NewsThe victims are two men aged 23 and 32. According to KUTV, one of the men was local and the other was visiting from another US state.

The outlets added that rescue crews responded to reports of skiers trapped in an avalanche near Little Cottonwood Canyon around 10:30 a.m. local time. About two hours later, a Life Flight helicopter was seen bringing someone down from the mountain.

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According to KUTV, the man was able to dig himself out of the avalanche before being rescued. He is said to be fine and is currently undergoing treatment. Rescuers will continue their search for the two dead on May 10.

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According to UAV forecaster Craig Gordon, BBC, several feet of heavy, wet snow has fallen in the area over the past few days.

Utah Avalanche CenterThe last listed avalanche fatality occurred on April 17, 2023 in Brighton.

The Greater Salt Lake Unified Police Department, the Utah Avalanche Center and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond when contacted by the public.

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