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Norman_Clyde

Snowboarder rescued unhurt after 20 minute burial?

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The NW avalanche center has posted a report that this past weekend a snowboarder in the Mt. Hood area (I think) triggered an avalanche that carried him into a creek bed, where he was buried 4 feet deep for 20 minutes. Then it says that his buddies were able to perform a beacon-assisted rescue, and that he was dug out unharmed after a 20 minute burial. This outcome is so unusual that I don't want to wait until next year's ANAM to read about it (if it even makes it in as a backcountry skiing incident). Anybody have the whole story?

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if the guy's got it together he's already changed his name and killed off all his contacts yellaf.gif

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Remeber that Bruce Willis flick 'Unbreakable' ? Where's Mr. Glass?

 

If the story is true, I'm certainly glad that that was the outcome. There has been enough tragedy in the mountains this season already.

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Some dude in scotland was buried for 23 hours in the 70s and came out unharmed. It's the record. So this snowboarder dude incident could have happened.

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I thought that woman who was buried in the avalanche at Alpine Meadows in the early 80's was under for days. Although she was in a building and in a little hole created by some toppled lockers, so maybe that's different.

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Norman_Clyde said:

...buried 4 feet deep for 20 minutes. Then it says that his buddies were able to perform a beacon-assisted rescue, and that he was dug out unharmed after a 20 minute burial. This outcome is so unusual ...

The only reason he was "unharmed" is because snowboarders, having no braincells, suffer no adverse effects from hypoxia. fruit.gif

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