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Woman Buried In Avalanche Dies In Hospital

March 20, 1985

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ A woman who was buried for 20 minutes in an avalanche at a ski resort died at a Salt Lake City hospital Wednesday after suffering cardiac arrest.

Marilyn Harrell, 36, Kingston, N.C., had been in extremely critical condition earlier and was suffering from hypothermia, said John Dwan, spokesman for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

Ms. Harrell did not regain consciousness after Tuesday’s accident, Dwan said.

Another person caught in the avalanche, Robert Beckett, 20, of Murray, Utah, was in satisfactory condition at Holy Cross Hospital. He was suffering from a compression fracture of the spine and a cut on the chin, officials said.

The avalanche, believed caused by skiers in a restricted area, came down at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday on a trail used by skiers watching the women’s slalom of the World Cup competition, said Nick Badami, Park City Ski Resort chairman.

Mrs. Harrell apparently tried to shelter herself under a ridge and was found curled up, Badami said.

She was not breathing when found by rescuers, but her breathing was restored before she was flown to Salt Lake.

Two 12-year-old cousins, Charles Morrison of Park City and David Calder of Bountiful, spotted Beckett’s hand sticking out of the snow.

Some 200 ski patrolmen and skiers probed for hours in the avalanche, which was 500 feet long, 100 feet wide and 15 feet deep at the bottom of the slide.

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