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Avalanche Victim Remains "Extremely Critical"

Avalanche Victim Remains "Extremely Critical"



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(KSL News) -- One man remains in extremely critical condition, another is "serious but stable." after yesterday's avalanche in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

It took rescuers much of the day to get to the two slide victims. High winds made it too treacherous for a helicopter rescue of Brian Dutton and his companion, Joe Bullough, who had broken legs and internal injuries.

Today one of the rescuers who went in on cross-country skis told us what it was like.

Steve Achelis, Salt Lake County Search and Rescue Volunteer: "We were fortunate enough to get flown in with helicopters and get reasonably close. We were about two hours away from the victims, but it was still a long hike. From the parking lot it was about six hours."

He said the rescue went well but issued a warning for all skiers to be prepared and check the Avalanche Forecast Center before heading out.

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