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A 9-year-old boy was buried in a roof avalanche in Alta last night but is now in stable condition.

The town Marshall, Mike Murray, credited the quick work of his deputies and the UDOT Avalanche forecasting team for rescuing the boy.

A deputy arrived at the Superior Point Condominiums just two minutes after receiving a call of a roof slide that buried the boy just before 5:30 pm on Wednesday.

Using an avalanche probe, the deputy was able to locate the boy under the snow and the team immediately began extracting him from the snow, getting him out in just four minutes.

The boy was semi-conscious before being airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital.

The incident is rare, but Murray urged people to be aware of their surroundings and the potential hazards that can present themselves with either snow or ice overhead in Alta, where they’ve had about 55 feet of snow so far this winter.

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