COALVILLE, Summit County — A central Utah man died after being buried by an avalanche while snowmobiling near Coalville in Summit County.
According to the Utah Avalanche Center, it is the fourth fatality this year.
Authorities said a signal was received from a beacon following the slide that was triggered in the East Fork of the Chalk Creek area of Summit County at 1:20 p.m. Saturday.
Lt. Andrew Wright of the Summit County Sheriff's Office said the man was trapped in the deep snow. Two fellow riders were able to dig the victim out after 30 to 40 minutes, and they administered lifesaving efforts for more than 40 minutes until emergency personnel arrived, he said in a news release.Comment on this story
The man was rushed to an Evanston, Wyoming, hospital by a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter where he was declared dead as a result of injuries sustained in the avalanche.
No one else was injured in the slide. The avalanche was estimated to be 500 feet to 600 feet wide and 4 feet to 10 feet deep.
The victim was identified as a 49-year-old from Mona, Juab County, who was riding with a friend and 14-year old son. The victim and his friend both had beacons but were not skilled at its use. Neither had a probe.
The man's name was not released pending notification of family members.