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    18-Year-Old Dies After Farmington Peak (Utah) Avalanche

    Last edited by sfotex; 01-19-2020 at 09:32 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfotex View Post
    "The father called 911 at 1:30 p.m. and said his son was wearing a blow-up backpack, which didn't deploy, and a beacon. Within an hour of that call, AirMed transported search and rescue teams to the canyon, where "a couple dozen" bystanders saw the avalanche beacon and began digging the man out, according to Dabb."

    https://www.ksl.com/article/46706107...nyon-avalanche
    Im not in Utah so may not see it days or weeks from now but if they update the public on why his bag failed or wasn't used, post back here please.

    This last storm was a doozy. Sucks.

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    Fuck. It feels like one after another this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    Im not in Utah so may not see it days or weeks from now but if they update the public on why his bag failed or wasn't used, post back here please.

    This last storm was a doozy. Sucks.
    According to the preliminary write up on Utah Avy, the bag did not fail, it was just damaged while digging...

    Sad

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    Absolutely heartbreaking. From the preliminary, the guy was wearing an airbag, he had a transceiver on, and he wasn't the first person to head up the slope. Snowpack around Logan and the Uinta mountains is much weaker than the snowpack in the Wasatch central.

    My deepest condolences to that man's family, friends, and first responders.

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    RIP to the deceased young man. It will be interesting to see in the full report how steep the slope is and where he was on it when it failed. Very sad to see.
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    Ah such a shame, sorry to friends and family. Did he not let go of the sled? How did he not surface with the airbag on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tindogger View Post
    Ah such a shame, sorry to friends and family. Did he not let go of the sled? How did he not surface with the airbag on?
    I'm guessing the slope wasn't long enough for a sifting effect to occur. Surface area only rises once things have a chance to mix up. In the photos on the Utah avy center it looks like kind of a short run.

    Incidentally, in most larger runout slides involving a snowmobile, the sled is what ends up on top.
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    Also, it was a terrain trap at the bottom with slope flattening out abruptly to a lake.
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    Painful to watch this and think about what the dad went thru...incredibly sad.

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    I can see this tied into, and complicating, the other discussion re: age/risk.

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    That was a tough read. Must be incredibly hard for the dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tBatt View Post
    Buried 11 feet.

    "(3) Avalanche airbags are great lifesaving devices that can decrease mortality from 22% to 11%. However, they are not a sure thing. On Janurary 1st in Montana, a snowmobiler was buried 7.5 feet deep with a deployed airbag. Read more about the statistics HERE or the detailed scientific study HERE. In the case of this accident, even though Chase deployed his airbag, he was fully buried because the debris ran into a terrain trap"
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    Also, props to Davis County SAR for a fast response time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowaddict91 View Post
    That was a tough read. Must be incredibly hard for the dad.
    +1

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