WASATCH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) Two young boys were caught in an avalanche while snowmobiling in back country in the Mill Hollow area of Wasatch County. The two children, ages eight and fourteen were pronounced dead at Primary Children's Hospital.
A Heber family was snowmobiling together and stopped for a break on the West Fork of the Duchense road just before 4 p.m. Four children walked to the edge of a snow bank about 30 feet above a creek.
The kids were standing on a cornus, which broke causing three of them to fall. One child sled half way down and was not injured, the other two were buried by the falling snow.
The parents immediately began digging to find the boys. The mother left to find cell phone service to call help while the father worked to locate and dig out the boys. After about thirty minutes, he found the two and began preforming CPR.
Search and rescue units were notified around 4 p.m. Two AireMed helicopters were dispatched to locate and take the victims to Primary Children's Hospital where efforts were made to revive them.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to this family in their time of great need," said Sheriff Todd Bonner. "I know them. Their family is strong, and will be stronger-still because of this. I think I can speak for the entire community in saying “We love them, we look-up to them, and we will do anything we can to help them through this.”
The Mill Hollow area is about 20 miles east of Kamas.
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