Authorities have recovered the body of a 26-year-old man who was found buried in snow following an avalanche, Emery County Sheriff’s Office said.
Michael Besendorfer’s body was recovered around 12 p.m. Saturday a day after he died while skiing with a friend in a remote area north of Electric Lake, Fox News reports.
Besendorfer and a friend went for a ski tour Friday afternoon and were on their second run when the 26-year-old never made it down the slope. His friend walked up and discovered an avalanche had occurred. He called for help after he couldn’t locate or find any signs of Besendorfer in the snow, FOX13 reported.
Rescuers began searching for the skier Friday night, but suspended the search due to dangerous conditions. The search continued the next morning.
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Utah Avalanche Center monitored conditions as searchers were inserted by air, on snowmobiles, timber sleds, snow cats, skis and snowshoes. A search dog and handler were flown in, and teams from Alta Ski Area and Wasatch Back Country Rescue responded to offer their expertise. Besendorfer’s body was located around noon after the search dog, Lucy, indicated on an area, the Sheriffs office said.
“What makes this super heartbreaking is these two men were not prepared for their own self-rescue, that means they didn’t have the appropriate rescue gear,” Craig Gordon a forecaster with the Utah Avalanche Center, told FOX13.
Besendorfer’s death is the first avalanche fatality in Utah in nearly three years.
“Right now, any slide that you trigger is going to be deep, it’s going to be dangerous, it’s going to break wide, it’s going to break down to the ground,” Gordan said. “These are unmanageable avalanche conditions.”
Our sincere condolences are extended to the Besendorfer family during this difficult time.
Rest in peace.