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Woman dies after pushing another climber to safety from falling ice column in Utah

A 41-year-old woman died on Sunday after she pushed a fellow climber to safety when an ice column broke free from the mountain they were climbing. Photo courtesy of Duchesne County Sheriff's Office/Facebook
1 of 3 | A 41-year-old woman died on Sunday after she pushed a fellow climber to safety when an ice column broke free from the mountain they were climbing. Photo courtesy of Duchesne County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

April 5 (UPI) -- Authorities said a woman died after she pushed another climber out of the way of a falling ice column in Utah over the weekend.

The incident happened Sunday as three climbers were attempting to ascend Raven Falls in Duchesne County, located about 110 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

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The Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday that as the ice column fell, one climber, identified only as a 41-year-old woman, pushed another climber out of the way, "which probably saved her life."

The 21-year-old woman who was pushed to safety was able to climb down and drive to Duchesne City where she contacted the authorities for help.

"Unfortunately, the climber that pushed her fellow climber out of the way of the falling ice was trapped underneath two huge blocks of ice and did not survive," the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office said.

The third climber, a 34-year-old man, fell about 40 feet during the incident, but was able to be hoisted off the mountain by helicopter, authorities said. He suffered serious injuries in the fall, and his condition was unknown as of Tuesday.

"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 sheriff's office said. "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."

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