Avalanche Incident in Alaska Results in 25 Minute Burial | Snowmobiler Miraculously Survives

Avalanche Incident in Alaska Results in 25 Minute Burial | Snowmobiler Miraculously Survives

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Avalanche Incident in Alaska Results in 25 Minute Burial | Snowmobiler Miraculously Survives

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In the past week, an avalanche in the Alaska Range resulted in a snowmobiler being buried for approximately 25 minutes before people dug him out of the debris. 

A man by the name of Ben Anderson helped with the rescue effort, which was ultimately successful. This incident resulted in the first complete burial of the 2015/2016 season.

The chances of surviving a complete burial for over 30 minutes is approximately 30%- WestWide Avalanche Network

Here’s what Ben had to say about the incident:

“Helped save a guy (Paul) from an avalanche. I [think] he was buried for about 25 min. Before he was found. He was blinking when I dug the snow out from around his face. What a great feeling to [find] someone alive even if you don’t know him. So glad he was up and moving in a couple min. Never know when shit will go crazy and the world comes down on you. I tell every one to get all the equipment and I forgot one key tool, a probe. Get all the gear and tell all your friends to do the same. Know how to use it [and] practice. Shit happens fast and there’s never much time. Everyone be safe out there.”- Ben Anderson Facebook Post

Photo Credit: CAIC

Photo Credit: CAIC

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Photo Credit: CAIC

Photo Credit: CAIC

Stay safe out there and look to your local avalanche center for classes and education opportunities in the coming weeks!

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