Friday, April 07, 2006

New technology for avalanche rescues

Rescuers in Utah believe a new technology could revolutionize the way avalanche victims are saved.

The Associated Press released a story about a long-range avalanche transceiver system that can work from a helicopter for quick, safe rescues. A team at Wasatch Backcountry Rescue in Utah bought the system that allows them to hover over an avalanche slide and pinpoint the location of buried skiers who are wearing avalanche beacons.

There's one problem - the weather. A demonstration planned yesterday in the Wasatch mountains was cancelled because the helicopter was grounded.

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