Father-Son Snowmobiling Trip Turns Fatal

Son, 18, killed in avalanche
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2020 1:30 PM CST

Tragedy struck during a father-son snowmobiling trip in Utah when an avalanche buried the son, killing him. Chase Adams, 18, and his dad, Ben, were snowmobiling in Farmington Canyon Saturday when the avalanche struck around 1:30pm, immediately burying Chase and his snowmobile. His father escaped and called 911 and then his wife, all while praying, he says, per Fox News. Chase was buried under at least 6 feet of snow, per the Utah Avalanche Center. Rescuers dug him out within 70 minutes and he was airlifted to a hospital, but ultimately died there. He was wearing an avalanche beacon and inflatable backpack, and the Avalanche Center says the airbag did deploy.

"We spent the day at a location that is dear to me and my boys," Ben Adams says in a statement released by the Davis County Sheriff's Office. "We had a wonderful day doing what we love to do." He added that "when the snow slid, I was shocked." A sheriff's office rep tells the Standard-Examiner it's possible snowmobiling itself triggered the avalanche, but recent weather fluctuations between warmth and snow could also be to blame. (More avalanche stories.)

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