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Heber City boys killed by an avalanche identified

HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 is learning the names of two young Heber City brothers killed from an avalanche Friday.
HEBER CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 is learning the names of two young Heber City brothers killed from an avalanche Friday.

The Wasatch County Sherriff Office told ABC 4 14-year-old Coleman Sweat, and 7-year-old Trevan Sweat died of injuries they received after being buried in a small avalanche.

ABC 4 is told the boys have a large extended family, as you might imagine, the family is struggling with their deaths.

"I am devastated for them," said Tom Wrathall, Heber City resident.

"It's a tragedy," said Todd Henneman, Park City resident.

"That's the saddest thing I've heard," said Sheree Gillett, Heber City resident.

Friday the Sweat family from Heber City was snowmobiling in the Mill Hollow area of Wasatch County. They stopped for a break along the Duchesne Road, and the kids walked over to the edge of the snow to a take a look at the creek 30 feet below. Suddenly, the snow gave way and Coleman and Trevan slide down the embankment and got buried under the snow.

Avalanche expert Craig Gordon investigated the collapse, and said the avalanche risk isn't supposed to be high.

"This is a total outliner as far as avalanches are concerned," said Craig Gordon, Avalanche Forecaster, Utah Avalanche Center.

But it was enough to bury the boys in 2-3 feet of snow. Their dad found them, dug them out, and they were airlifted to Primary Children's Medical Center. But medical staff couldn't save them. The news comes as a shock to people who live nearby.

"It’s tragedy to have that thing happen to your children," said Wrathall.

"You don't really think that something like that would happen," said Gillett.

So far the family said it’s too difficult to talk about it what happened or share photos of Coleman and Trevan. But if you'd like to help the family cover funeral expenses, accounts have been set up in their names at Wells Fargo Bank, and Utah Community Credit Union.

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