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Utah Avalanche Center issues warning after man shares story of buried friend

KAMAS, Utah (ABC4 News) - Utah Avalanche Center sends out a warning with a story of a man whose friend got buried by an avalanche near Kamas Utah.

In a post on the Utah Avalanche Facebook, the incident happened Saturday up Woodland. They shared a post of a man who helped to dig out a friend in a "matter of seconds".

"We really appreciate them telling this story so that we can all learn and be safer," said the post.

The post went on to share the experience of a man who wanted their story to help someone else understand the importance of carrying a beacon. 

"I wasn’t going to post this because I really didn’t want my wife to know. But if I can spread awareness and talk even one person into getting a beacon then it’s worth it. My buddy Rob and I were side hilling this slope. I was leading and a little higher and made it through when I looked back the snow and Rob were gone! We flew back to find him! I launched my bike up into the avalanche where I saw a hand sticking out of the snow. It was Rob!! I got his head free and started looking for others. We had 4 guys unaccounted for. 2 guys rolled up and we radioed the others! Super lucky! I learned a couple things!

1- Just because there are tracks across a side hill doesn’t make it safe 2- Know the number of guys you are with because thinking of all the names of the guys in your group is seriously hard when you are wondering if one of them is buried! 3- radios are a tool I never thought I’d use in an avalanche situation 4- I will admit to this! Keeping your composure and staying calm in that situation is near impossible! I lost it!"
#avalanche Utah Avalanche Center @bigalcanyonrat Utah Snowmobile Association. 

 


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