4 dead after 8 friends caught in Utah avalanche

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Feb 7th, 2021 3:51 pm

Last Updated Feb 8th, 2021 at 10:29 am

A group of eight skiers was caught in an avalanche in Utah, resulting in four deaths. The surviving four were taken off the mountain via helicopter. All eight members of the skiing party knew each other personally.

Police said the survivors dug themselves and the four killed skiers out of the snow that had collapsed inside Millcreek Canyon, just minutes from Salt Lake City.

One of the survivors was being treated for hypothermia.

"Sun was shining, pretty warm out, and I'm sure that's what these people were out just enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful weather," said Sgt. Melody Cutler. "Thought they'd go for a great ski and had it end in tragedy like this."

The four survivors range in age from 23 to 38 years old.

Rescuers are checking the mountain for anyone else that might have been caught in the avalanche.


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