Crested Butte Man Survives Roof Avalanche 2.5 Hour Burial With "Basketball Sized Air-Pocket"

Crested Butte Man Survives Roof Avalanche 2.5 Hour Burial With "Basketball Sized Air-Pocket"

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Crested Butte Man Survives Roof Avalanche 2.5 Hour Burial With "Basketball Sized Air-Pocket"

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“It kind of feels like a big trip, a big dream, it was so real. I came to peace with the fact I might die, and it was actually a very peaceful experience. I don’t have a fear of death. I just laid it down and surrendered.”

KDVR reports Alex Theaker’s core temperature was 86 degrees when he was finally pulled out of a roof avalanche that trapped him while shoveling a vent on his house on March 8th in Crested Butte. Fortunately for Theaker his hands were above his head when he was buried and was able to make a small air pocket to breath:

“It just buried me. Immediately I started wiggling and trying to get out and especially with how wet the snow was it just hardened like cement around me. That saved my life. I wouldn’t have had air in there without doing everything I did.”  

Alex gave up on screaming for help after a few attempts and sat thinking about his buddy Brad who died in a roof avalanche a few years back and about his wife Tori:

“The worst thought I had under there was oh my God, my wife and my parents are going to dig me out and I’m going to be dead.”

He credits the music he was listening to during his 2.5 hour burial for keeping him from panicking. Thanks Tupac.

When Alex didn’t show up to an appointment, his wife checked on him and found the debris pile. She called 911 and emergency crews found Theaker unconscious and hypothermic with a “basketball-sized” airspace near his face created by a bent arm. He was taken to a hospital and woke up not knowing what happened.

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