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Man suffers broken leg in Big Cottonwood Canyon avalanche

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(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake County Sheriff's search and rescue teams head up to search for a male with a possible broken leg who was buried up to his neck in an avalanche near Broads Fork Canyon, Sunday, February 10, 2013. The man was rescued late Sunday.

By Janelle Stecklein

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Feb 10 2013 04:31PM
Updated Feb 11, 2013 05:56PM

Search and rescue crews were working Sunday afternoon to rescue a skier who got caught in an avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Unified police Lt. Justin Hoyal said the avalanche occurred about 2:30 p.m. in the Broad’s Fork Canyon area, which is about 4 miles inside Big Cottonwood Canyon.

He said as of 3:30 p.m., a medical helicopter was working to remove the man, who is believed to have suffered a broken leg in the slide.

Authorities weren’t immediately sure what caused the avalanche.

jstecklein@sltrib.com

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