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Backcountry skier injured, rescued in Utah County

Posted at 7:14 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 09:38:25-05

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews in Utah County came to the aid of a backcountry skier who was seriously injured when he hit a tree Wednesday evening.

Another member of the injured skier's party called for help around 5:30 p.m., saying his friend was unable to move on his own and that he may have suffered a serious head injury.

The Search and Rescue team learned the injured skier and his friend were in a remote backcountry area in the mountains near Spanish Fork, and the skiing accident occurred in a spot above 7,500 feet in elevation.

"I don't know how they got up there, whether somebody took them to the top of the mountain on a snowcat or snowmobiles and then they skied down or if they hiked to some place," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff's Office. "If they hiked to where they are, they're pretty sturdy guys because it would be a long, difficult hike even in the summertime when there's no snow."

The Utah Department of Public Safety dispatched a helicopter to aid in the rescue effort.

Watch FOX 13 for updates.