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Two Heber City boys die following accident during snowmobiling trip

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 4:38 p.m. MDT

Two Heber City boys were injured when a cornice, a ridge of snow like the one that caused an avalanche in this photo, collapsed from underneath them. The boys fell about 50 feet and were buried by snow from the cornice coming down on top of them. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Two Heber City boys were injured when a cornice, a ridge of snow like the one that caused an avalanche in this photo, collapsed from underneath them. The boys fell about 50 feet and were buried by snow from the cornice coming down on top of them. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

HEBER CITY — Two brothers from Heber City have died following an accident Friday in the Mill Hollow area near the west fork of the Duchesne.

The boys, identified as 7-year-old Trevan Sweat and his brother, 14-year-old Coleman Sweat, were snowmobiling with family members Friday when they stopped and walked to the edge of the snow to look at the creek about 30 feet below, according to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office.

The boys and two other children were standing near the edge when the snow gave way without warning, the sheriff's office said, causing three of the children to slide down the steep embankment. The two boys were buried in about 3 feet of snow, while the third child was not.

Jason and Janette Sweat worked to dig out their sons, the sheriff's office said, but the heavy snow made it difficult to find them. Janette Sweat left to find cellphone service to seek help, and after about a half-hour, Jason Sweat located his sons.

Both parents, who returned after making the call for help, performed CPR on the boys until two medical helicopters arrived, the sheriff's office said. Their sons were taken to Primary Children's Medical Center, where they died despite extensive efforts to revive them.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to this family in their time of great need," Wasatch County Sheriff Todd Bonner said. "I know them. Their family is strong and will be stronger still because of this. I think I can speak for the entire community in saying, 'We love them, we look up to them and we will do anything we can to help them through this.'"

Many first responders and community members were heartbroken over the call they never hoped to receive, said Wasatch County sheriff's chief deputy Jared Rigby.

"Like the family, they have been changed forevermore," Rigby said.

Initial calls about the accident started coming in shortly after 4 p.m., the sheriff's office said. Search and rescue teams from the Summit County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service and Utah State Parks also responded to the accident.

Coleman attended Rocky Mountain Middle School and was a member of the school's wrestling team, according to the sheriff's office. Trevan attended Old Mill Elementary School.

On Facebook and Twitter, Coleman's classmates reminisced about the boy they said was a talented athlete who could always make them smile. Students encouraged each other to wear yellow or black to school Tuesday in honor of the brothers, and preliminary plans were circulating through social media Saturday for a vigil at Rocky Mountain Middle School at 8 p.m. Sunday.

An account has been set up to help the family at Wells Fargo Bank and Utah Community Credit Union locations. Donations can be made to the Memorial Funds of Coleman and Trevan Sweat.

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