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Two killed in separate Utah avalanches

/ Source: The Associated Press

Two people — a snowmobiler and a snowboarder — were killed in separate avalanches in central Utah, authorities said.

One of the victims, 42-year-old David Wayne Johnson, was pulled from a snowslide east of Mount Pleasant on Saturday, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, the Sanpete County Sheriff’s Department said.

“There was approximately 10 people up there snowmobiling together,” Sheriff Kay Larsen told KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. “They were able to get him out of the snow, but unable to revive him.”

It was not immediately clear late Saturday whether Johnson was still alive when he was pulled from the snow, officials said.

Also Saturday, about 15 miles away in Ephraim Canyon, a snowboarder buried in an avalanche was rescued by a friend, but Garett Louk Gordon later died, authorities said. He was 26.

Temperatures Saturday climbed into the 40s after several days of snow storms, creating dangerous avalanche conditions.

At least five people have been killed in Utah avalanches this winter.