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UPDATE: Four backcountry skiers rescued from avalanche near Alpine before sunset



SALT LAKE CITY – Rescue crews managed to successfully bring down the stranded backcountry skiers before sundown, Sunday.

On March 14, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office writes;

“Both victims are off the mountain. One taken by ambulance to @IntermtnMedCtr and the other going by private vehicle. Other two skiers sustained minor injuries. @UtahDPS Tactical Flight Officer and @UACwasatch expert also now off the mountain.”

According to officials, it is unknown what triggered the avalanche but the conditions of the victims are ok despite their injuries.

“We are grateful to work alongside Lifeflight and our other partners as we responded to an avalanche today near Pfeifferhorn Peak,” shares the Lone Peak Fire District.

ABC4 will update as more develops.

ORIGINAL STORY: Avalanche leaves four people stranded near Pfeifferhorn peak, 2 ‘seriously’ injured

SUNDAY 03/14/21 2:09 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY – Crews continue rescuing measures as four people remain stranded near Pfeifferhorn peak after an avalanche was triggered, Sunday.

On March 14, Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s office confirms details regarding the incident.

According to Cannon, officers received a call from four individuals saying they were up near Pfeifferhorn peak around 11 a.m., and they were caught in an avalanche.

“None of them were buried,” Cannon emphasizes. “But two of them did sustain relatively serious injuries, we believe one is a possible broken ankle and the other is a possible broken leg.”

Originally, snowmobiles were issued to go retrieve the victims but the Utah Avalanche Center informed the team avalanche risk remained ‘severe’ and high in the areas needed to cross.

“Though they have been canceled, the Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter is here along with a helicopter with Life light, and we’re trying to work out a plan on how to get people to them,” Cannon shares.

According to officials, care packages have been dropped down to the victims, to ensure they keep sustenance.

“They have dropped a couple of care packages to the group, containing protein bars, granola bars, and water and Gatorade,” Cannon adds. “Maybe some more food and blankets.”

Cannon states that the victims are doing ok, besides having the injuries.

“A real difficult thing we’re working on right now is that the pilots are telling us that wind conditions are causing some difficulties,” he states. “We’re in the process of working out a plan to get these people out in the quickest way possible and to give them the medical attention they need.”

As of right now, officials say they are working their best to retrieve the four victims stuck near the peak.


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