Avalanche kills snowmobiler

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Bountiful man has died after being buried in an avalanche while snowmobiling in Morgan County.

Morgan County Deputy Sheriff Derek Engstrom says 43-year-old Lee Gardner was riding with a friend in the northwestern part of the county Sunday when a slide on Francis Peak buried him.

Gardner's friend dug him out and called for help, but a medical helicopter crew could not find a pulse when they arrived and he was pronounced dead an hour later.

The avalanche occurred just below the Francis Radar Station on the mountain. Engstrom says the avalanche is believed to have started because of human activity.

He did not know how wide or long the slide was.

The Utah Avalanche Center says avalanche danger in Utah was "considerable" Sunday.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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