On Wednesday 26th of December 2018 in La Plagne ski resort, a young boy survives an avalanche after being buried under the snow for 40 minutes, rescuers say this is a miracle.
French Reporters say the young boy was skiing with a group of seven skiers off-piste when the snow-swept him under.
The boy started to ski ahead of the group and was the only one to be caught by the large slab of snow which raced down the mountain, the French Police say he was dragged at least 100 metres (110 yards) by the force of the avalanche.
The French mountain rescue team flew a helicopter into the avalanche scene at around 2,400 metres (7,875 feet) altitude, a sniffer dog rushed to find the buried 12-year-old boy.
The French MRT described the avalanche scene as a miracle because the chance of survival after 15 minutes is very minuscule, luckily the boy’s airways were not blocked so he had breathability once buried.
Luckily the uninjured boy was rushed to a local hospital for checkups, However, the young boy had no rescue detectors installed into his winter jacket or any avalanche safety equipment.
For as little as £19.96 its very important that you install your winter clothes with the band-aid size Recco Detector, Over 850 mountain rescue teams worldwide use this detector to speed up serious rescue situations.
When skiing off-piste you must ensure that you have the right equipment before heading to the mountains, these should be the following 3 items, Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel & Probe. For those new to the avalanche equipment world, these are known as an Avalanche Safety Kit or Package.
For more information on off-piste equipment please checkout off-piste equipment checklist.
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