Rescuers search for snowmobiler buried by avalanche in La Sal Mountains

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ST. GEORGE — The search continues for a snowmobiler who was buried by an avalanche Friday in the La Sal Mountains southeast of Moab.

Map of La Sal Mountains located in San Juan and Grand counties, Utah | Image courtesy of Google Earth, St. George News

Search and rescue teams from San Juan County responded after people riding with the man were unable to locate him in the snow and called for help, according to a Facebook post by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The rescue teams searched for him late into Friday night.

Search efforts resumed early Saturday morning with additional assistance from Grand County Search and Rescue teams.

As of 2 p.m., dispatchers from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office told St. George News the snowmobiler had not been located and the search was ongoing.

According to an alert by the Utah Avalanche Center, avalanche danger in the Moab area remains “considerable” and the public is asked to refrain from visiting the area for the safety of all concerned.

“Human triggered avalanches are likely on any steep, wind drifted slope,” the alert states.

Grand County Search and Rescue recommends that those traveling in the La Sal back country “exercise extreme caution and carry a signaling beacon with you in case of emergencies.”

This report is based on statements from emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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