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Safety Concerns Put Search Off Another Day

Safety Concerns Put Search Off Another Day

Posted - Dec. 31, 2003 at 10:37 a.m.



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(Provo-AP) -- High winds in the Aspen Grove area of Provo Canyon are preventing search and rescue teams from looking for two boys buried in the snow.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office is postponing efforts another day because winds are too high for choppers to move in and drop explosives in the area for avalanche control.

18-year old Adam Merz and 20-year old Rod Newberry were buried by an avalanche last Friday while snowboarding. Their friend 19-year old Mike Hebert was found dead under four feet of snow on Sunday. Two other friends escaped.

Bad weather forced the sheriff's office to postpone the search Monday and Tuesday.

The sheriff's office will examine the weather Thursday morning and decide if it's safe to resume the search.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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