Skier pulled from avalanche dies

Mar 28 2011 - 10:00am

PROVO -- Family members say a skier pulled from beneath the snow after being buried in an avalanche in Utah's backcountry has died at a hospital.

KSL-TV reports that 26-year-old Garrett Smith died Sunday at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, a day after he and two others were rescued in Sanpete County.

Smith's family released a statement saying he was with six other experienced backcountry enthusiasts who took precautions and did everything right, but all risks can't be mitigated.

Smith's father-in-law says three skiers were checking snow conditions on a steep slope in the Manti La-Sal National Forest when the slide happened before noon Saturday.

One skier dug out another who was partially buried, and they dug out Smith and administered CPR before rescuers arrived.


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