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Crews searching for southern Utah snowmobiler lost in avalanche

By Ashley Imlay, Deseret News | Posted - Feb. 7, 2019 at 9:11 p.m.

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CIRCLEVILLE, Piute County — Crews are searching for a snowmobiler who got lost in an avalanche Thursday evening.

Three men from Washington County were in the "bowl" area on Circleville Mountain near Circleville in Piute County about 5 p.m. The area is popular for more advanced snowmobilers, Beaver County Sheriff's Sgt. Glen Woolsey said.

Two of the snowmobilers started to ride to the bowl, Woolsey said, and the man riding behind them saw the avalanche break away and his friends get caught in it.

The man couldn't see the two other riders for a "period of time," Woolsey said, but he then spotted one of the men, who was partially buried, emerge from the snow and start waving at him. That man was injured in the avalanche, but Woolsey did not have additional information about those injuries.

The other man and his snowmobile had not been found as of late Thursday evening, according to the sergeant.

Because of new snow and "danger in the area involved, it would create a major hazard for our search and rescue to go up there in the dark," Woolsey said.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter was flying over the area to look for the man Thursday night. Authorities were also trying to ping his cell phone.

Search and rescue crews will go to the area early Friday morning to continue searching for the man, Woolsey said.

Ashley Imlay


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