DUCHESNE COUNTY, Utah — A 41-year-old woman declared missing after an accident in Raven Falls in Duchesne County was found dead yesterday, according to a statement from the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office.
A group of three climbers were attempting to climb the ice falls when an ice column fell. The 41-year-old woman pushed a fellow female climber, age 21, out of the way of the column, likely saving her life.
The younger climber was able to climb down and drive into Duchesne City where she was able to call for help.
The third climber, a 34-year-old male, fell approximately 40 feet when the ice column fractured upon impact. He was transported from the mountain by Life Flight with serious injuries, and his condition is unknown at this time.
The 41-year-old woman was trapped under two huge blocks of ice, and reportedly died saving the life of the 21-year old climber.
“Our sincere condolences to all effected by this tragedy, to the family of this brave, courageous woman who lost her life while saving another,” the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “We hope that all may find comfort and all the warm support will prevail over your hearts while mourning the loss of your loved one.”
Wasatch County Search and Rescue, Life Flight, Utah High-Angle team and the Duchesne County Search and Rescue along with EMS, Duchesne City Volunteer Fire Department and the Volunteer Ice Climbers all assisted in the recovery of the 41-year-old female climber.