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February 20, 2005

Man Rides Avalanche to Safety in Utah

Topics: National News

Not exactly the best way of coming down off of a mountain, but if it works...

MONA, Utah (AP) -- A hiker fell about 1,000 feet down a mountain side, riding an avalanche feet-first - and suffered only minor injuries. Extremely lucky," said Juab County Sheriff Alden Orme.

Mark Thomas and two companions were hiking on a ridge near Mount Nebo on Saturday when snow gave way beneath them, they told police.

His friends did not fall, but Thomas slid about 1,000 feet, triggering an avalanche, Orme said.

Thomas, 21, of Salt Lake City, told police that he rode the cascading snow feet-first, and came to a stop partially buried in a canyon.

Posted by Hyscience at February 20, 2005 12:10 PM

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