4 sciatori morti, 4 salvato dopo una valanga nel backcountry dello Utah

Quattro sciatori sono stati uccisi e altri quattro salvati dopo una valanga sabato in un comprensorio sciistico vicino a Salt Lake City, ha detto la polizia.

Il dipartimento di polizia unificato di Salt Lake City ha ricevuto una telefonata in giro 11:40 a.m. Sabato, and then received a report that there had been an avalanche in the Wilson Basin area with five people trapped, according to Sgt. Melody Cutler, a public information officer with the police department.
Two groups of skiers, one group of three and another of five, began skiing on the mountain at the same time and authorities think the avalanche was caused by the group skiing, Cutler said.
Four of those skiers were able to dig their way out,” Cutler said. “All four of the remaining are deceased.
    The skiers range in age from early 20s to late 30s, according to Cutler. A Life Flight rescue service was called to transport the survivors out of the area, and a flyover was being conducted to determine whether it is safe for rescuers to remove the deceased tonight, Cutler said.
    The location where the avalanche occurred is avery popular backcountry ski area,” Cutler told CNN, adding that it hasbeen under very high-risk avalanche conditions recently.
    Wilson Basin is by Mill Creek Canyon, di 20 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
    The Utah Avalanche Center said in a tweet Saturday morning that there weredangerous avalanche conditions.
    Utah Gov. Spencer Cox responded to Saturday’s deaths on Twitter, chiamandolo a “terrible tragedy.
    We are grateful to the first responders and others who engaged in this rescue and recovery effort,” Cox said. “With avalanche danger high right now, please exercise extreme caution.
    Salt Lake City Mayor Jenny Wilson twittato che lei era “heartbroken.
    We deeply mourn the loss of life due to this devastating incident,” Wilson ha detto.
    The four are the most recent in a string of deaths caused by avalanches in three states, bringing the number of fatalities to nine.
    UN Utah man was killed when he was caught in an avalanche near Park City Mountains Canyons Village resort a week ago, just a few miles from the site of Saturday’s avalanche. The Utah Avalanche Center has already published a report analyzing the avalanche.
      Three more skiers, who were all local officials, erano killed in an avalanche in Colorado Monday. Their bodies were recovered Wednesday.
      In New Hampshire, the body of a skier was recovered Wednesday after an avalanche in the White Mountain National Forest.

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