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Man killed in Coalville avalanche

By Cara MacDonald, KSL.com | Updated - Feb 9th, 2019 @ 10:09pm | Posted - Feb 9th, 2019 @ 6:00pm



COALVILLE — 49-year-old Jason Lyman from Mona, Utah, died Saturday after being caught in an avalanche near Coalville, Summit County Sheriff's officials reported.

Three snowmobilers, including a 14 year-old boy, were riding in the East Fork of the Chalk Creek area of Summit County when an avalanche was triggered that buried one man, Summit County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Wright said. Utah Avalanche Control reported that both the man who was buried and his friend had beacons, but "were not skilled at its use," and neither brought a probe.

The victim’s companions dug him out after 30-40 minutes, when they began CPR, according to Wright. Lifesaving efforts were made for another 40 minutes as rescue crews responded.

Officials received information from an avalanche beacon about 1:20 p.m., Wright said. A Department of Public Safety helicopter located the victim and transported him to an Evanston medical center, Wright added. The man was declared dead at the hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered from being buried in the avalanche.

The avalanche was an estimated 500-600 feet wide and between four and 10 feet deep at the tip, according to an emailed statement from the sheriff's office.

No one else was injured.

Contributing: Eric Morgan, KSL

Cara MacDonald

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