An avalanche in northern Utah completely buried a snowmobiler on Friday, but his friends members of Weber County Search and Rescue on backcountry patrol saved him in mere minutes.
The group was moving through a ravine-like area south of Whiskey Hill in the Monte Cristo area in the afternoon, at an elevation of about 8,500 feet, when one of the snowmobilers triggered the slide low on the slope, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. The 300-foot-wide slab buried the 59-year-old man under four feet of snow.
But the man had an avalanche beacon, and the group was well-prepared for a rescue. They dug him out in five minutes, a "textbook rescue," according to the Avalanche Center.