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Injured avalanche victim is ID'd; 'considerable' risk lingers

Published January 13, 2013 11:41 am

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Unified police on Sunday identified the 43-year-old woman injured in an avalanche as Elisabeth Malloy.

Malloy, of Salt Lake City, and a male companion were skiing in the backcountry of Mill Creek Canyon about 5 p.m. Saturday when they triggered the slide near the West Porter Fork, authorities said.

Malloy was caught in the slide and buried.

An experienced backcountry skier, Malloy was wearing an avalanche beacon, and her skiing partner was able to dig her out and use CPR to resuscitate her, authorities said.

She was transported to a Salt Lake City hospital. Unified police Lt. Justin Hoyal said Sunday that Malloy was expected to recover.

The avalanche was just one of four ski-triggered avalanches reported Saturday.

A "considerable" avalanche rating, used to warn backcountry enthusiasts that human-caused avalanches are likely, was in place Sunday for most of Utah's ranges, including Manti-Skyline, Provo, Salt Lake and Ogden ranges.

A "moderate" rating was issued for the Logan, Uinta and Moab ranges.

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