Helmet cam catches snowmobiler as he's buried, then rescued

Caught on Camera

POSTED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 9:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 9:04am

A day of fun on a Utah mountain quickly turned dangerous when a snowmobiler triggered an avalanche, then was buried under it Saturday.

His friends frantically raced to save him, and every minute was caught on camera.

As Tyson Black climbed to a high mark in the snow a slide 200 yards across broke loose and carried him down the mountain face.

Within seconds, the 24-year-old was buried under ten feet of heavy snow and debris.

His lifelong friend, Bronson Butler works with Summit County Search and Rescue.

Butler pulled out his probe and shovel and went to work.

"I couldn't hit him, I couldn't, nowhere, I mean I had done it like a thousand times and I couldn't hit anything," he recalls.

Minutes ticked by that seemed like an eternity with his friend buried.

Ten minutes passed, and they still had not found him.

Then, after 20 minutes, they hit his helmet with the probe.

They cleared a passageway so that Black could breathe, and dug him out in another 20 minutes.

"Lay off the mountains. You can have just as much fun in the meadows and in the trees, but, the mountains are off-limits. No one should be riding them right now," Butler advises others seeking winter fun.

Tyson Black wasn't seriously hurt and was back at work Monday.

Black usually wears an avalanche beacon, but didn't have it Sunday. 

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